On Sunday December 16th and Monday December 17th, the Arts of Fashion Foundation, a San Francisco-based fashion education 501 (C)(3) non-profit, held the 2018 Symposium which culminated with the 2018 Arts of Fashion International Competition Monday night. The sponsorship of YKK Corporation and the support of VIP guests made possible the two days of events, which allowed fashion students to interact with luminaries in the industry and explain the inspiration and passion behind their runway looks for the Monday night show. At the Sunday seminar, four international guest judges, including: Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Nadine Dufat, Haesung Bong, and Alice Loffler shared their rich and varied experience in the fashion industry with all attendees.
The events Monday, hosted at the beautiful Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, included a portfolio review in which the expert judges were able to discuss the projects with the students, a preliminary project presentation and finally the incredible runway show in which 50 students from 15 different countries showcased innovative and impeccably constructed looks. Of the 50 candidates, 26 flew in from all over the world to attend the event, as did VIP guests hosted by Committee Chair, Juliet Bergh. With such a wide variety of quality designs and original concepts, it was a close competition and a difficult deliberation to select the top six candidates. The results and prizes, internships with reputable design houses, are as follows:
THE ARTS OF FASHION FOUNDATION PRESENTS
THE 2018 AOF COMPETITION AWARDED CANDIDATES
Lina Gomez, Colombia | Manish Arora Award
Melisa Orellana Ustariz, Argentina | Maison Lesage Paris Award
Yue He, China | Maison Lemarie Paris Award
Lui Lui, China | Arts of Fashion Masterclass Scholarship
Xue Chen, China | Arts of Fashion Masterclass Scholarship
Heyun Pan, China | Arts of Fashion Masterclass Scholarship
In 2018, YKK Corporation announced a three-year partnership with the Arts of Fashion Foundation in support of the International Arts of Fashion Competition. This partnership reflects YKK's support of the young generation of designers worldwide and its long-term commitment to the mission of the Arts of Fashion Foundation.
YKK is proud of its long-term relationship with The Arts of Fashion Foundation, which began in 2007, and looks forward to supporting the valuable work it does inspiring the next generation of designers and artists.
Watch the highlight video of the event: