Highly creative collections were presented by 28 young fashion talents from 19 countries and 24 fashion schools at this year’s Mittelmoda fashion award (mittelmoda.com) on 15 September in Gorizia, in the north-eastern part of Italy. The international competition in this recent edition also had a special reason to party: it celebrated its 15th anniversary.

The first prize of €10,000, went to the Australian Rachel Cassar from University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She convinced the jury with her peacock-inspired women’s wear collection of slim silhouette black dresses made of lace and crochet-work with feathers and sequin accents.

The rest of the newcomers also showed innovative new styles, including some of the menswear collections: Sam Fisher from Australian RMIT University dresses girls and boys in dandyesque black suits and coats - which seemed to be floured with chalk - and combines them with treated linen and dirty denim trousers.

Japanese newcomer Ichiro Suzuki from London College of Fashion got inspired by Scotland and the British Sherlock Holmes aesthetic and featured tweed blazers, trousers and tailcoats in tartan checks and checker-board patterns.

Swedish Sofia M. Westin from the Swedish School of Textiles (College of Boras) dressed the guys in grey slim cropped trousers in, which she combined with gilets, collars without shirts and voluminous jackets.

These entrants did not go away empty-handed: 15 internships, visibility on catwalk shows and prize-money was given by Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, H&M, Missoni, Furla, LTB Littlebig, Shirt Avenue and Love Therapy. And, last but not least, even Sportswear International awarded the winner with a one year subscription.

A creative refuelling was given on Saturday in the workshop Design Energy: Belgian founder of Ad!dict Creative Lab ( addictlab.com) Jan Van Mol came up with the best of creativity in fashion, concept-shop, industrial and furniture design. With his virtual laboratory as well as in his “real” office in Brussels he elaborates what he calls “organic, energetic, complex and multilayered,” and gives life to a network for creative talents all over the world.

The Mittelmoda award takes place every year and is organized by Udine e Gorizia Fiere Spa.