PARIS — The ninth annual H&M Design Award has gone to Sabine Karule, who grew up in Latvia where she learned knitting techniques that she folded into inventive clothing with feminine tailoring.
“There were so many different elements, so much craft and technique. It makes you want to see more,” said the company’s creative adviser, Ann-Sofie Johansson.
Established in 2012, the award offers its winner a 25,000 euro prize and a paid internship at H&M headquarters. This year it was open to bachelor of arts and master of arts graduates from 42 design schools in more than a dozen countries.
More than 4,000 graduates have applied over the past seven years.
The jury includes Johansson and Margareta van den Bosch, another executive from the group, as well as last year’s winner Priya Ahluwalia. Other members are Véronique Tristram, the fashion director of Glamour Germany; Felix Dol Maillot, a photographer, and HTown director Harry Fisher.
Past winners have included Richard Quinn and Stefan Cooke, who is stocked at Dover Street Market.
The next design award will take place in Berlin on Nov. 28.