Nature Inspires Young Fur Designers for REMIX 2018

February 6, 2018 - During the AW 18-19 Fashion Week, REMIX is coming back to Milan. The 15th edition of the international competition for young talents in fashion & fur design will be organized, with the support of Vogue Talents, by the International Fur Federation (IFF).

Design by Alba Ciordia, the participant nominated by Spanish Fur Association

This year’s task for the contestants is to create fur designs that has an entire sustainable entity. This will be justified with designers using the most responsibly sourced real furs, as well as sustainable materials within their garments.

Started in 2004, with the aim of encouraging young designers from all over the world, REMIX has given the opportunity to over 1000 students from 25 countries to be part of some of the most important fashion houses. Among these are Nicolas Martin Garcia, designer for Roberto Cavalli, Roderick Buijs, recruited by the Louis Vuitton team, Astrid Andersen who showcased her own collections during the London Fashion Week and Edda Gimnes who has recently dressed people like Gigi Hadid and Lady Gaga.

After a long selection phase that started on September 2017, 10 fashion designer finalists were chosen and will be challenging each other on the evening of February 25th at the Palazzo Barozzi.

Among the 10 finalists, coming from all around the globe are, are also contestants from Spain, France, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Italy.

The jury presided by Sara Sozzani Maino – which includes international fashion icons such as Arthur Arbesser – will crown the winners of the 2018

Design by the Netherlands Bont Instituut’s contestant Clare Huber

edition.

”Vogue Talents is always on the lookout for new talent to support future generations. Thanks to REMIX, we have the possibility to see and evaluate the work of students from all over the world. It has never been as important as now to be conscious of the planet and to start producing in alternative, sustainable ways”Sara Sozzani Maino, Deputy Editor in Chief Vogue Italy and Head of Vogue Talents.

The winners will see their creations headlining in the next IFF FUR NOW global campaign. This year, the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will have also the opportunity to have an exclusive exposure on Vogue Italia and vogue.it.

Association La Fourrure Francaise contestant Angel Trans and his creative journey

The Gold Prize Winner will  be granted a field trip to Kopenhagen Design Studio and to Studio NAFA in Toronto for a week of technical training and practice.

In addition, Saga Furs will also be handing out their Saga Award to the designer that they identify as having the most creatively innovative designs. The winner of the Saga Award will receive a trip to Saga Furs Design Centre  to participate in fur innovation workshops and get access to more than 3,000 craft techniques archive.

”This year, REMIX is bringing together talented designers from 10 countries around the world presenting the one theme of ‘From Nature to Nature.’ Fur is one of the most sustainable natural materials out there and as an sector, we are committed in the highest standards to keep the planet green. We cannot wait to see how these 10 designers will interpret their own visions under this theme,”says Mark Oaten, CEO of IFF.

The sustainable theme of the programme even extends as far as the props that REMIX will be using to display the designers’ work. The Bonaveri mannequin busts: the first biodegradable bust that contributes to help reduce the environmental impact by 24% in terms of CO2 emission.

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