Following last year’s success, Amsterdam International Fashion Week will once again be a platform for Lichting, the official graduation show for the most promising fashion designers graduating from the seven Dutch fashion academies. Lichting 2008 will be held on Thursday July 24 at Ppm at the Westergasfabriek Culture Park in Amsterdam.

For fashion companies and investors, Lichting 2008 is a unique opportunity to see the talented graduates and their creations at the same time. Fashion recruitment and consultancy agency HTNK will devote its network to Lichting 2008 and invites fashion professionals, including buyers, design decision-makers and CEOs along to the show.

Aware of the importance of a continuous stream of fresh fashion talent G-Star Raw has decided to make a significant contribution to the promotion of young Dutch talent through intensive cooperation with Lichting 2008. In order to inspire and motivate the graduating students the brand has established an award for the most promising designer: the G-Star Raw Talent Award. This award consists of a cash prize of €10,000, together with a study trip to New York in September 2008, where the winner will participate in the production of G-Star’s Summer 2009 catwalk show during New York Fashion Week. The winner of the G-Star Raw Talent Award will also be decided by the public this year.

Lichting 2008 is an initiative of HKU, HTNK, WFC, AIFW and Premsela – the Dutch Platform for Design and Fashion, in collaboration with G-Star Raw, AMFI Amsterdam Fashion Institute, Artez Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnhem, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, Koninklijke Academie Kunsten Den Haag, Hogeschool Zuyd Maastricht, Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam and Willem de Kooning Academie Hogeschool Rotterdam. Consultation with senior lecturers is taken care of by the HTNK team. The Lichting 2008 show is produced by AIFW and is by invitation only.