Finnish students excel in international fashion competitions
Students of Aalto University’s Fashion and Clothing Design programme have been successful in several fashion competitions outside Finland.
Anna Alanko was named the Best Fashion Designer at the Habitus Baltija competition held in Latvia in April for her Master’s degree collection. Alanko, together with Antti Peltoniemi, also won the title of the Best Fashion School for the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. A total of 53 young fashion designers from 12 countries participated in the competition.
Ilona Hackenberg, a Master’s degree student, took third place in the Apolda European Design Award 2014 competition in Germany. Organised for the eighth time, the competition featured 32 entries from 10 countries.
Sophie Sälekari, a Bachelor’s degree student, made it to the top eight finalists in the fashion competition of the fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz in London. Altogether 32 design schools from Europe and the United States participated in the Hennes & Mauritz Design Award. Aalto University was the first Finnish university to be invited to the competition.
“The world’s top fashion houses and leading media have found our promising young designers,” says Pirjo Hirvonen, head of the Department of Design at Aalto University. “Top international fashion houses are inquiring about our students and are coming to our spring fashion show with an eye on recruitment. We are proud of our young winners and of the reputation they are earning for our school.”