H&M announces finalists for design award
High street fashion retailer H&M has announced the eight finalists for the 2014 H&M Design Awards which celebrate up-and-coming talent from design schools around the world.
The finalists have each won €5,000, and will now present their work to a grand jury which will decide the overall winner.
The winner will receive €50,000 and the chance to show the winning collection at Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week on 28 January. They will also be given the opportunity to develop pieces from their collection to be sold at selected H&M stores this autumn.
This year’s grand jury includes designer Erdem, actress Michelle Dockery, style expert Michelle Harper, executive fashion editor of Vogue UK Serena Hood, senior fashion editor of Vogue Italy Sara Maino, as well as H&M’s creative head of design Ann-Sofie Johansson and H&M’s creative advisor Margareta van den Bosch.
Johansson said: “I am so excited by the finalists for the H&M Design Award 2014. Each has their own unique creativity, amazing technical skills, and the vision to push fashion forwards. I can’t wait to see who will win!”
EDDY ANEMIAN – La Cambre, Brussels
CAMILLA BLASE WOODMAN – Royal College of Art, London
JIA HUA – Parsons, New York
DEVON HALFNIGHT LEFLUFY – Royal Academy in Antwerp
XIAO LI – Royal College of Art, London
LINA MICHAL – Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm
SOPHIE SÄLEKARI – Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture, Helsinki
HENRIETTE TILANUS – ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem.
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