AWARD WINNERS: Berlin’s Neues Museum, restored by David Chipperfield and full of ancient treasures, played host to the newest in design on Monday night at the European Fashion Award Fash 2016.
The event was presented by non-profit organization SDBI — Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation), which supports fashion students with the competition. This year, the theme was “Change” and the prizes totaled 200,000 euros, or $221,100 at current exchange.
The jury — which included H&M’s creative adviser Margareta van den Bosch, Berlin designer Michael Sontag, and Pitti Uomo scouting head Antonio Cristaudo — gave top marks to Flora Sophie Taubner and Lars Dittrich for their eye-catching women’s wear collection ”Beauty and Duty,” which blended New Look inspirations and sustainable practices. The duo, who studied at Germany’s Halle University of Arts and Design, repurposed recycled leather remnants into swooping decorative aprons and old copper into patinated belts. They placed them over flowing white silk batiste, cotton, or poplin dresses and separates.
Other prize winners were Julian Weth, Katharina Buczek, Aylin Tomta, Rani Maria Lange, and Agné Alarburdaitè.
Fashion films from the winning design teams are being shown throughout the week in Berlin subway station Friedrichstrasse, giving them a wider, if on-the-go, audience.