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Isko I-Skool Caps Off 7th Edition, From a Distance

Though the theme for the seventh edition of the Isko I-Skool student design competition was “North, East, South, West—Connected by One Planet,” the designs were also examples of creativity in a time of crisis.

The global competition wrapped up last week with a virtual award ceremony and video performance featuring the winning looks on models in a colorful party atmosphere with balloons and flowers, albeit alone.

The competition kicked off in January, however, the coronavirus outbreak forced organizers to shift several in-person events and workshops to virtual meetings. The video performance represented the students working at home and “looking at everyday routine[s] from a different perspective,” Isko I-Skool described.

Selected by a 12-person jury representing the denim supply chain, brands and media, the garments were evaluated on criteria such as impact, storytelling and the actual marketability of the designs. The jurors connected via Zoom meetings to evaluate 20 looks by students from international design schools including the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology in China, Akademie Mode & Design in Munich, and more.

Under the theme, the 20 finalists were asked to “dig into their roots” and examine how different cultures and geographies are connected through responsibility.

Lee Da Young from ESMOD Seoul in South Korea took home the top prize, Best Overall Look Award.

The competition also included prizes for best 5-pocket jeans and best interpretation of Isko’s new Isko Vital+ face masks.