The Young Greek Designers’ Contest was completed atthe noon of the second day of the International Fur Fair – Fur Excellence in Athens 2015. The contest is organized annually by the HellenicAssociationof Furriers with the funding of the great sponsor of the fair, NAFA, highlighting the winners that this year were four as two contestants tied in the third place.
This year, as well, 10 of the 127proposed projects that were on display throughout the duration of the fair in a specially designed area were pre-selected by NAFA and made by Hellenic furriers (members of the Hellenic Association of Furriers&FEA exhibitors). The artistic touch of the presentation was the dress worn by a mannequin with the sketches and the inspiration of the 53 participants in the contest amidst garments of the winners of the two previous years.
In the presence of a lot of people, the 5 members of the judging committee delivered their score featuring for the first time among the winners a Kastorian designer who ranked first. The remarkable feature of this year’s competition is the fact that three of the four winners are students of the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Thessaloniki – KilkisDepartment (School of Clothing Design and Technology).
1st prize, Michalopoulou Eleftheria from the Thessaloniki TEI -Kilkis Department (School of Clothing Design and Technology), who, inspired by Narcissus, the handsome young man of the Greek mythology, participated with a body hugging dress. The manufacturer of the garment was the company LUXOR of Mr. Michalopoulos Nikolaos, using NAFA black & grey sheared Beaverskins.
2nd prize, Triandafyllopoulos Menelaos, from the School of Fashion, Art and Design PANSIK of Athens, who, inspired by the god of the underworld, Hades, of the Greek mythology, participated with a loose coarse long sweater. The manufacturer of the proposed design was the company KN of Mr. Karanikolas Nikolaos using skins of NAFA (natural Coyote).
In the 3rd place there was a tie between:
Koulouri Athina,from the Thessaloniki TEI– Kilkis Department (School of Clothing Design and Technology) who, inspired by the Furies chasing the culprit participated with a cardigan.The manufacturer of the proposed design was the company LANGIOTTI of Messrs.Makis and TasosLangiotisusing NAFA skins (Pearl sheared Beaver-body, Natural Coyote-sleeves).
Lakas Erlando, from the Thessaloniki TEI– Kilkis Department (School of Clothing Design and Technology) who, inspired by Theseus, participated with a tight jacket that featured the Labyrinth. The manufacturer of the proposed project was the company CPL of Mr. Papageorgiou using skins of NAFA (red & black sheared Beaver).
Both the president of HAF, Mr. Langiotis Makis, and the spokeswoman of the auction department of NAFA Ms. Dianne Benedetti, thanked the companies AVANTI, CPL, KN,LANGIOTTI and LUXOR which manufactured the pieces of the contestants gratis contributing, thus ,to the success and strengthening of the institution. They expressed their strong satisfaction for the positive response of young designers in the competition and pledged to continue and intensify efforts to promote and engage young Greek designers in the fur industry.