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FRANCE / Paris: 22nd Year of the ANDAM Fashion Award

June 06 2011


The six finalists of the ANDAM prize will have to battle it out when they come together for the ceremony on the 28th June 20111.

ANDAM, the Association Nationale du Développement des Arts de la Mode (National Association for the Development of the Arts of Fashion), founded in 1989 at the initiative of the Minister of Culture and Communication, unveiled the names of 6 finalists:

- Adam Kimmel
A graduate from NYU in Architecture and Urban Design in 2001, Adam Kimmel had the habit of creating clothes for his friends in his free time. In 2003 he collaborated with Joe Serino, former director of Calvin Klein Menswear. Together, they launched the brand Adam Kimmel, the first collection of which was sold in 2004 at Colette, Bergdorf Goodman and Dover Street Market.

- Anthony Vaccarello
Specially distinguished by La Cambre where he studied the feminine aesthetic and fashion, Anthony Vaccarello won the main award at the International Fashion Festival in Hyères in 2006. He made a name for himself at Fendi beside Karl Lagerfeld and débuted his first collection in 2009, centred on the jacket and the swimsuit.

- Commuun
Iku Furudate and Kaito Hori came together to start the label in 2005. A graduate of the Bunka Fashion College in Japan and Central Saint Martins, Iku is a specialist in draping, which complements Kaito’s tailoring work, a graduate from FIT of New York and the Academy of Fine Arts Arnhem.

- Jeremy Laing
This young Canadian has been making clothes since he was 13 years old. He studied in Toronto and then at Westminster University (London). He proved himself in model-making and sartorial construction when doing an internship at Alexander McQueen, notably with an original use of fabric to create a structure.

- Matthew Harding
A young designer based in London and graduated from Saint Martins, Matthew Harding likes strong women. For his clothes, he is inspired by icons such as Wonder Woman or his muse, Lianna Fowler. He describes his style as audacious and sculptural.

- Yiqing Yin
The winner of “Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris”, Yin was spotted at the Hyères Festival in 2010; Vogue have paid tribute to her with a full page spread; she was approached by Jean-Jacques Picard – a graduate in Decorative Arts, this young Sino-French designer’s path was underway very quickly. She is developing her first eponymous collection for summer 2012.

- The winner will receive:

- a grant of €200,000 to put towards the winner’s own company, or one that he/she is involved in running
- a one year sponsorship from Ralph Toledano (previously president of fashion houses Karl Lagerfeld, Guy Laroche et Chloé) who will accompany the winner from a strategic, creative and commercial point of view.

The prizegiving will take place on June the 29th during the Fashion Award cocktail party at 7 p. m.

Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
3, rue Valois
75001 Paris

Héloïse Keller ©