By  on September 17, 2009

MILAN — As the new president of Mittelmoda, Matteo Marzotto has big plans for the Italy-based fashion contest, whose 17th edition was held on Sept. 11 in Gorizia, Italy.

Selected from among 26 international collections, Nicola Morgan from the University of Northumbria in the U.K. was awarded the top prize of 10,000 euros, or $14,668 at current exchange. Laure Lamborelle, from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Belgium, was awarded the SMI Sistema Moda Italia prize of 5,000 euros, or $7,333, for the best experimental collection. The Italian Chamber of Fashion granted Ekaterina Demidova, from the London College of Fashion, an award of 2,500 euros, or $3,666, for the most creative collection. Among Mittelmoda’s special awards, Levi’s granted 5,000 euros, or $7,332, to James Hillman, from London’s Central Saint Martins, whose designs will become part of Levi’s archives in San Francisco, and the H&M award for the most global and innovative collection went to Nicholas Nybro-Jensen, from Denmark’s Designskolen Kolding.

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