Milan, 25 February 2017: REMIX, the international fashion and fur competition organised by The International Fur Federation (IFF) and supported by ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA PELLICCERIA and AC Hotel Milano, named its winning designers last night at its annual award ceremony in Milan.
This year Morten Ussing of Denmark was awarded the Gold prize. Morten wowed the jury with a beautiful array of textures thanks to a blend of mink and swakara in pastel rainbow colours and ocean blues. The collection was inspired by Kristín Marja Baldursdóttirs book “Karitas – Untitled”. Karitas is an Icelandic girl growing up in the beginning of the 20th century as a poor fisherman’s daughter, dreaming of a life as an artist.
The REMIX Silver prize went to Ólöf Sigríður Jóhannsdóttir of Iceland for her beautiful graduation collection. The collection was Ólöf’s first time using fur and saw the recent graduate create volume and loud textures through stark dyes and natural colours across swakara and fox fur.
Nicolas Lecourt Mansion of France scooped the Bronze award for his collection exploring gender norms and sexual identity stereotypes. His use of vibrant whites, reds and blacks in mink fur complete with leather cape created a startling background for the use of the transgender symbol and a label sporting the term ‘homo’ to capture the judge’s eyes.
The Gold award winner Morten Ussing will receive a best-in-class training working with some of the world’s leading fur and fashion designers at SAGA Furs Design Centre with Ólöf and Nicolas receiving €1,000 and €500 bursaries respectively.
Each year, REMIX gives up-and-coming design talent from across the globe an opportunity to showcase their innovative designs to a highly influential, international audience and to receive global exposure across a range of traditional and online media channels. Over 1,000 students from more than 25 countries have taken part in the competition since its inception 15 years ago. Previous finalists and winners include Astrid Anderson, a regular at London men’s fashion week; Nicolas Martin Garcia, menswear designer for Dolce & Gabbana; Thom Barends, product designer for Haider Ackermann; Sally Bohan, senior designer for Patagonia; and Roderick Buijs, menswear and womenswear designer at Louis Vuitton.
Over 1,000 guests attended the event last night and among these, including influential Argentinian furrier and previous REMIX contestant Santiago Artemis, who wished the finalists good luck backstage.
Mark Oaten, CEO of the IFF added “Our ten finalists came from across the globe and brought fresh new stunning designs into Milan. It showed once again how fur can be used in so many ways and I am really proud that the International Fur Federation was able to support so much young talent in this year’s competition.”
About The International Fur Federation
The International Fur Federation (IFF) is the voice of the fur trade. Its CEO is former Member of Parliament and Member of the Council of Europe, Mark Oaten.
Formed over 60 years ago, the IFF protects the fur trade’s interests, promotes innovation and high standards and presents a factual image of the fur industry.
The IFF represents 49 national fur trade associations and organisations from 38 countries. Members are drawn from the entire fur supply chain: farmers, trappers, auction houses, merchants, brokers, buyers, dressers and dyers, designers, manufacturers, wholesalers, marketing organisations and retailers. In addition to the national member associations' offices, there is the IFF HQ in London and subsidiary offices in Beijing and Brussels.
The IFF promotes strict codes of practice that meet or exceed established and accepted standards for animal welfare, for wild and farmed fur. The IFF supports and encourages the introduction of animal welfare legislation that is based on sound scientific research and other practical considerations, around the world.
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