While Turkish denim mill Isko was all around during the Berlin trade shows with presentations and booths at Premium, Selvedge Run, Panorama Berlin and Neonyt, the latter was the chosen platform to launch the 7th edition of its denim design award Isko I-Skool.
"Aiming at nurturing creativity through hands-on experience of denim’s infinite potential," as Isko puts it, the contest again invites young professionals in the early stages of their careers and students in their final year of a fashion design BA or MA, involving talents from all over the world.
This year the program features a holistic creative theme that asks to explore the world both locally and globally, also taking responsibility of the product life cycle: “North, East, South, West – connected by one planet”. Participants are asked to literally "work on their world’s citizenship, digging into their roots and approaching different cultures to define and track down the geography of the world connecting them through responsibility."
The fashion schools whose students are taking part in the project include
- BIFT – Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (Beijing, China);
- Tsinghua University – Academy of Arts and Design (Beijing, China);
- Bunka Fashion College (Tokyo, Japan);
- ESMOD SEOUL (Seoul, Korea);
- Istituto Marangoni – School of Fashion, Art&Design (Milan, Italy);
- NABA – Nuova Accademia delle Belle Arti (Milan, Italy);
- Polimoda (Florence, Italy);
- AMFI – Amsterdam Fashion Institute (Amsterdam, The Netherlands);
- Aalto University – School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Helsinki, Finland);
- NTU – Nottingham Trent University (Nottingham, United Kingdom)
- AMD – Akademie Mode&Design (Munich, Germany);
- Parsons Paris (Paris, France);
- FIT – Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, USA);
- SCAD – The University for Creative Careers (Savannah and Atlanta, USA);
- FIDM – Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (Los Angeles, USA).