Success of the Fashion Design Studio at the European Fashion Accelerator
Our student Juliána Brnáková and fresh graduate Natália Repkovská with their author's collections from the AFAD Fashion Design Studio won the international European Fashion Accelerator competition. Mgr. art. Barbora Peuch ArtD. as a member of the international expert commission, she represented the AFAD Fashion Design Studio this year as well.
The 9th European Fashion Accelerator (EFA) started on November 15th in Prague, the Czech Republic, with a professional photoshoot and video making of collections of eight young talented designers from the V4 countries selected by the international fashion experts and mentors from EFA’s partner universities. A series of educational programmes and mentoring sessions followed as well as a number of round tables that are now available on the EFA webpage and youtube channel where the EFA’s professionals provide insights on current fashion topics. The focus of this year’s EFA was sustainable luxury, creating a sustainability platform, supporting the rise of small businesses and wellbeing in the challenging online world.
Eight young talents, two from each of the V4 countries, were selected for the Young Talent Search this year. The decisive factors in the search were the quality of the collection submitted and the international potential of each candidate.
Over the course of the EFA’s existence, over sixty talented young designers who have either already gained or are gaining international recognition have come out of Talent Search. Young designers below the age of 28 could apply for the programme presenting their collection to the jury. This year there were over 50 applications from the Central European countries and the jury did not have an easy task as the submitted collections are gaining in quality year on year. The EFA partners have decided that the programme will open a new category for emerging designers without age limit for next year’s Talent Search.