createurope: THE FASHION DESIGN AWARD |2009
Frontcover: KIM BERIT HEPPELMANN, Collection entitled: Écouture - The Dynamic of a Dress, Photographer: Iris Friedrich, Hair/Make-Up: Nina Heppelmann, Model: Sandy Lowe/ModelwerkTAMAKI FUJIE, Collection Entitled: Fun in Heaven: The World, the Flesh and the Devil. Photographer: Tanja Schimpl, Hair and Make Up: Tina PachtaModel: Jodie Giles
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Following the success of last year’s inaugural competition, 2009 saw createurope: THE FASHION
DESIGN AWARD once again invite young, fresh fashion talent to get involved in this year’s event.
The project has been initiated by the Goethe-Institut and made possible by cooperation with EUNIC,
the Association of European Cultural Institutes in Berlin.
After the official launch of this year´s competition on the 19th of February, young designers and
fashion students from all over Europe applied with their portfolios and collection concepts. For the
first time, young people from the Middle East and North Africa were also invited to participate.
The entrants’ diverse geographical backgrounds aimed to encourage a creative exchange not only
within Europe, but also beyond its borders. createurope: THE FASHION DESIGN AWARD endeav-
ors to develop enduring and creative relationships between young designers and their international
Kick-off events took place in the participating countries in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa
to publicize the competition on both continents. Many organisations worked in co-operation with the
project – not just the respective Goethe-Institutes, embassies and EUNIC cultural institutes, but also
numerous fashion colleges and fairs.
At the end of June, a European jury made up of art and fashion professionals selected 30 finalists.
The chosen designers have been invited to present their collections in a final show that takes place
on the 23rd of October 2009 in Berlin´s Uferhallen.