PANO - Nguyen Trong Hoang, a young fashion designer from Ho Chi Minh City, was presented with the first prize in the Vietnam Collection Grand Prix 2007 on September 23 at Quan Ngua Sporting Hall in Hanoi.
|Designer Nguyen Trong Hoang at the ceremony (Middle)|
The contest is the biggest annual event of the fashion industry for young Vietnamese fashion designers.
As many as 25 candidates including 13 from Ho Chi Minh City, 5 from Hanoi and 7 from other provinces competed in the final. Some of them are living and studying in foreign countries such as the US, France and Singapore.
They were selected from 1,104 candidates with over 5,600 fashion models. In the competition, all of them presented their own fashion styles and creations from their collections.
Nguyen Trong Hoang, winning the first prize worth 30 million VND, with his “Black space, no star and no galaxy” collection made a strong impression on the judge panel and audiences. “I am very happy to receive the title, I will try more for my career,” he said.
In particular, a high-school candidate, receiving a prize for materials, made a big surprise at the contest with a collection in white.
In addition, the Colour prize went to Vu Khac Trung, Idea prize to Ngo Thi Trang, Layout prize to Tran Nhu My, Year’s designer prize to Tran Cao Anh Tuan and Future Designer prize to Nguyen Thi Khanh Vy.
|Designer Karen Videtic|
The judge panel consisted of famous domestic and foreign designers such as Karen Videtic (the US
), Francine Pairon (France
), Koshino Junko (Japan
), Ji Wenbo (China
) and Minh Hanh. Surprisingly, some young Vietnamese designers sat on the panel.
“The collections of all candidates have made a good impression on us. In the future, they should focus on developing their styles as a whole, not on tiny details,” said Francine Pairon, Director of Creation and Training at the French Mode Institute.
Moreover, Karen Videtic, head of the fashion faculty at VCU University (Virginia Commonwealth), the US, said, “I highly applaud the collections of all winners. They are very young and their future is ahead. The contest is a good chance for them to make impressions on producers in the fashion industry.”
This year’s contest, the 9th, held by the Vietnam National Textile & Garment Corporation, the Vietnam Fashion Design Institute and Mot magazine, aimed to find young designers for the future.
The event was sponsored by big domestic garment and textile producers such as Viet Tien, Phuong Dong and May 10, who hoped to enroll good young designers from the contest to develop their business.
Through these contests, many candidates such as Anh Vu, Trong Nguyen, Thien Toan, Nguyen Hang, Cong Tri and Nguyen Sa, have enjoyed a successful career like working in famous companies or building their own trademarks.