The ISKO I-SKOOL™ Grand Finale, held for the first time ever in Berlin, was all about celebrating young denim talent. On July 3rd, Glashaus – one of the German capital’s most beautiful historical locations – was the setting to a night where this year’s winners were announced in the presence of fashion international experts and top personalities.
Promoted by ISKO™, leading denim ingredient brand, and carried out with the help of its style and research division Creative Room™, ISKO I-SKOOL™ saw its sixth edition crowned with a unique tribute to the Creative Theme.
Defining the New Denim Codes
Launched in January 2019 at the international trade show Premium Exhibition in Berlin, the project’s Creative Theme “New Denim Codes” challenged the designers’ creativity to explore a novel perception of the body, developing the right fit for any shape or form.
A first in the history of the program, this edition welcomed participation by Denim Design Professionals in the early stages of their careers, in addition to Students in their final year of a Fashion Design BA or MA. Designers were asked to start from focusing on the body as inspiration, along with a market and target consumer analysis. They then worked on their own vision of the future of fit.
They had to go beyond the creation of a single outfit, designing a complete Capsule Collection by selecting some of the most advanced ISKO™ denim fabrics and patented technologies.
The diversity of these emerging New Denim Codes, the variety of body types and the different facets of our society were echoed in many aspects of the evening’s concept and performances, through a mix of elements and materials.
A panel of influential jurors
On July 2nd, the Denim Design Jury – an authoritative panel of Creative and Technical experts – came together to evaluate the 17 designers’ projects and elect the winners of this year’s edition.
Costa Francisco – Former Creative Director at Calvin Klein, Founder of sustainable beauty brand Costa Brazil
De Castro Orsola – Founder and Creative Director at Fashion Revolution
Falcioni Marco – Senior Head of Design BOSS Men’s Casualwear
Johnson Miles – Former Creative Director at Patagonia and Levi Strauss, Freelance Design Director
Kühnl Sabine – Editor-in-Chief at Sportswear International
Maino Sara – Deputy Editor of Vogue Italia and Head of Vogue Talents
Margrander Kai – Fashion Director at Harper’s Bazaar Germany
Rigoni Alberto – Washing and Treatments Quality Control Manager at Replay
Testino Marina – Designer, Founder of Point Off View, Parsons graduate, Influencer, Model
Berto Alessio – The Tailor Pattern Support
Diacci Paolo – Reca Group
Montonati Nantas and Lucietto Otello – Riri Group
Öztürk Hale Bahar and Carey Tricia – Lenzing Group
Zaragozá Carme Santacruz – Jeanologia
The decision was based on several criteria, such as the impact of the finalists’ vision and storytelling and the actual marketability of the garments, created with the help of Creative Room™.
Responsible Innovation™ was an integral part of the designers’ projects as they tapped into ISKO™ premium fabrics, all of which are created implementing responsibility throughout every step of the production process. Part of these innovative fabrics is a special denim selection which led ISKO to be the first mill in the world to have achieved Nordic Swan and EU Ecolabel certifications.
The event and the winners
An engaging opening performance along with a glamorous catwalk showcasing all 17 creative fashion outfits initiated the Official Award Ceremony.
Exclusive host of the night was Matthew Modine, one of the stars of Netflix cult series Stranger Things, who has been referred to as “one of the best, most adaptable film actors of his generation” by NY Times film critic Vincent Canby. Matthew has worked with many of the film industry’s most acclaimed directors, has been nominated for three Golden Globes and is the recipient of one (Altman’s SHORT CUTS).
The announced winners were:
- Winner of the Best Overall Student Award: XIAOHUI LYU, BIFT – Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology;
- Winner of the Best Overall Young Professional Award: ISABELLE VIENGXAY;
- Winner of the Best Showpiece: XIAOHUI LYU, BIFT – Beijing Institute of
- Winner of the Riri Award: BILGE HAKAN GURKAYNAK, POLIMODA;
- Winner of the Reca Award: IRENE DE VECCHI, NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti;
- Winner of the Vogue Talents Special Mention: XIAOHUI LYU, BIFT – Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology;
- Winner of the Sportswear International Special Mention: ALEX LUONTO, AALTO
UNIVERSITY – School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
With responsibility and sustainability playing a major role in modern fashion, the jury also looked out for the designers who, through their capsule collections, best distinguished themselves for their take on sustainability.
Two finalists received high commendations for the Best Sustainable Design Award:
- Shirin Fakhradin Araghi, AMD - Akademie Mode & Design;
- Bilge Hakan Gurkaynak, POLIMODA.
Many ISKO I-SKOOL™ partnering players and brands awarded winners with internships – real opportunities to experience and change the industry from within.
ISKO, the leading ingredient brand on a global level, is the first denim producer in the world to be recognized with the Nordic Swan and EU Ecolabel certifications. The company has a production capacity of 300 million meters of fabric per year, with 2000 state-of-the-art automatic looms. ISKO was the first to introduce the LCA (Life Cycle Assessments) methodology in the denim industry, which in line with the ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 certifications makes it possible to evaluate and quantify the environmental footprint of a product throughout the entire life cycle, from the raw material to the finished product. The company is committed to applying the LCAs to all its 25,000 products, with the aim of identifying areas for improvement for sustainability. From the LCA, ISKO has also formulated the related Environmental Product Declarations (EPD® - Environmental Product Declarations), tools that allow the communication of objective, comparable and credible information relating to the environmental performance of the products.
With a global presence and offices in 35 countries, ISKO is part of SANKO TEKSTIL, the textile division of SANKO Group. SANKO Group is one of the largest conglomerates in the world and is active in a wide variety of sectors, from construction and energy to packaging, financial services, healthcare and education. It is also a significant investor in the field of renewable energy, particularly hydroelectric and wind power plants.
ISKO is a trademark of SANKO TEKSTIL.
ISKO I-SKOOL™ sixth edition
ISKO I-SKOOL™ continues to shape young talent with the Denim Design Award, for the first time open not only to students but also to Denim Design Professionals. For the sixth edition, the main Creative Theme is based on the concept of “New Denim Codes”. To learn more about the Creative Theme guidelines
The partners this year are:
Gold Partner: JEANOLOGIA. Silver Partners: RECA GROUP, RIRI GROUP, TENCEL™. Bronze Partners: 7 FOR ALL MANKIND, REPLAY. Supporting Partners: KARL LAGERFELD, ERDOS, EVEREST, THE TAILOR PATTERN SUPPORT.
Since 1994 their mission has been to create an ethical, sustainable and eco-efficient industry through their disruptive technology and know-how. Their laser, G2 ozone and e-flow system have revolutionized the textile industry. They offer infinite design possibilities and garment finishes, while saving water, energy and chemicals, eliminating waste and toxic emissions. The Spanish company currently has clients in 5 continents. The export of its machines and services represents 90% of its total billing, reaching 61 countries. The biggest market brands place their confidence in Jeanologia, using technology developed by the company.