For the second time in a row, an English designer has won the ANDAM Fashion Award. The prestigious and highly valued international prize went to Giles Deacon. With an award of €160,000, the ANDAM Fashion Award gives the designer the opportunity to show in Paris. Deacon will likely take up this opportunity in October 2009. Last season Deacon’s colleague Gareth Pugh was the lucky winner.

In 2009, the Association Nationale pour le Developpement des Arts de la Mode created a new second award for young French designers. This year the prize, in the amount of €20,000, went to to Ligia Dias, a young jewelry designer.

ANDAM was founded in 1989. The competition is open to fashion designers of any nationality under the age of 40 years. After nearly two decades, ANDAM has honored close to 80 winners and has contributed to the rise of the biggest names in fashion including Martin Margiela (winner 1989), Viktor & Rolf (1994), Jeremy Scott (1998) and Bruno Pieters (2007 Gareth Pugh).

—Barbara Markert