Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Designers' Nest, Copenhagen Fashion Week– winners and runners-up

Jan Busch Carlsen is a visionary entrepreneur who has set up a competition specifically to provide a showcase for young Scandinavian fashion students, enabling them to show in Copenhagen as part of its fashion week. And as long ago as 2001. Each season, around thirty of them from art schools in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland come together to show on the runway three garments each from a selection of their work - and wait to be judged (and see if they win the 50,000 kroner prize).

For the second time, I was a member of a panel of international judges and I found the experience refreshing. After seeing the work of twenty eight candidates, we finally chose as the winner a menswear collection by Mille Marie Jensen of Designskolen Kolding, Denmark, for its sublety and attention to detail, and two runners up: a children's wear collection by Kaia Folkvord Rugsveen, from Esmod, Oslo, for its exciting shapes and brilliant colours; and one womenswear collection by Anne Birkjaer Bitsch, a student from TEKO Centre, Denmark, who showed a strong sense of volume, shape and texture. You can see the pictures of their clothes here and decide what you think.

Anne Birkjaer Bitsch,TEKO Centre, Denmark



Kaia Folkvold Rugsveen, Esmod, Oslo



Mille Marie Jensen, Designskolen Kolding, Denmark



All photos © Copenhagen Fashion Week

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