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Isko I-SKOOL Honors Student Designers for Fit and Sustainability

Berlin’s historic Glashaus set a creative stage for the grand finale of the 6th edition of Isko I-SKOOL last week. Under the creative theme “New Denim Codes,” the international student design competition challenged 17 design students to invent designs fit for any shape or form.

The competition is part of Isko’s holistic approach to responsible innovation. Students were asked to focus on the body as inspiration, along with a target market and consumer. They then worked on their own vision of the future of fit by designing a complete capsule collection using Isko’s sustainable and tech-based denim fabrics, and research sourced from the mill’s Creative Room.

The final collections were presented in a theatrical dance performance with a diverse cast at Glashaus, a waterfront building that was once divided by the Berlin Wall, followed by an award ceremony hosted by environmentalist and Stranger Things actor Matthew Modine.

Xiaohui Lyu, a student from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, was the biggest winner of the evening taking home three awards. Lyu won Best Overall Student Award, Best Showpiece and the Vogue Talents Special Mention for oversized utility garments inspired by a group of photos of Antarctic expedition team.

Bift Xiaohui's design
Xiaohui Lyu’s design

Isabelle Viengxay won for Best Overall Young Professional for her design inspired by modern feminist punk culture. And Shirin Fakhradin Araghi and Bilge Hakan Gurkayna shared the award for Best Sustainable Design.

Creative and technical jurors selected the winners, including former Creative Klein creative director Costa Francisco, Fashion Revolution founder Orsola De Castro and The Tailor Pattern Support founder Alessio Berto, among others. The competition was sponsored by Jeanologia, Reca Group, Riri Group and Tencel. Brand partners included 7 For All Mankind and Replay.