Following the AW21 cover shoot with Sano Turdiev modelling international Student Design Competition winner Emily Omesi’s amazing creation, we look at the leather-making talent discovered in some of the competitions around the world.
The Italian Real Leather. Stay Different. Student Design Competition was run in partnership with UNIC – Italian Tanneries and LINEAPELLE, Italy’s international leather fair. 80 entrants from Italy’s very best colleges drew inspiration from artists, writers and planet Earth. As well as the apparel, footwear and accessories categories, there was a public vote, with a winner chosen by readers of the Real Leather. Stay Different. website. Winners and runners displayed their designs at a fantastic exhibition at LINEAPELLE 2021 in Milan.
Winner of the People’s choice Philomena Seelos is studying Costume and Fashion at the Accademia Costume & Moda di Roma. She designed a collection of five bags in two colourways with reversible and adjustable straps, so the whole look can be changed easily from minimal to statement, depending on the mood.
Winner of apparel Brigida Aiello studied a Masters in Fashion Design Womenswear and Fashion Design Menswear at Istituto Marangoni of Milan. She designed a coat with details inspired by virus shapes. Thanks to the skills she developed in the competition, she now works with leather for a brand owned by the LVMH group.
Winner of footwear Astrid Heisterberg is studying an undergraduate degree in Leather Technology at Polimoda di Firenze. Her shoe collection focuses on sustainability. She used leftover leather from factories and schools making each one unique.
Elisa Castiglioni is studying at Accademia Costume & Moda di Roma. Her handbag capsule collection, Lucky Me, contrasts the neutral colour of vegetable tanned leather contrasts with the brightness of metal and liveliness of colour
The Taiwan competition, held in association with the Taiwan International Leather Association (TILA), attracted more than 540 entries from students at 34 participating universities. It featured four categories, footwear, accessories, apparel and design.
Design winner Hsiao Yi Tzu studied Industrial Design at the National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University. She designed a furniture collection with the concept of finding privacy in shared spaces as an inspiration.
Apparel winner Lai Tsui Yu majored in fashion design in Shih-Chien University. Her Jacket design was inspired by the Riot Grrrl 1990s feminist punk movement. She uses the colours black for punk and green because it was used by the Suffragettes to signify hope.
Accessories winner Lin Ting-Yu graduated from the Department of Industrial Design in Shih Chien University. Her bag designs were inspired by plants including the poppy, pimpernel, and desert unicorn-plant – particularly how the flowers opened.
Footwear winner Cecilia Stefany is studying fashion design and merchandising at Shih Chien University Kaohsiung. The overall theme for her design, titled Rockya is ‘Heels don’t determine your gender’ and it champions gender equality. Another influence is Motocross!