the bfc and sarah mower salute emerging fashion talent
Introducing the winner of the International Fashion Showcase (IFS), in which 550 designers from 70 countries take on the theme of Local/Global.
Exhibition photography Agnese Sanvito
Held in association with London Fashion Week, the International Fashion Showcase awards ceremony took place at Somerset House yesterday, with Younchan Chung, founder and designer of brand the-sirius, taking home the top prize — the IFS Designer Award. For the first time Mercedes-Benz has gifted the winner with a runway show at Milan Fashion Week spring/summer 2018.
The much respected fashion journalist Sarah Mower, who is an i-D contributor, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and chair of the judging panel, said: "The incredible creative response from all the countries and designers who have taken part in International Fashion Showcase 2017 edition has taken this annual competition to the next level of importance."
"The theme of Local/Global has resonated in profound reflections on the environment, identity and the strands which bind people together through generations. Quite apart from the imagination and quality of design and the curation, the conversations exchanged between the exhibitors and visitors have been extraordinarily enlightening - human experiences which have actively promoted understanding, mutual respect and delight in creativity. It is impossible not to walk away from this exhibition without feeling that the hope, resourcefulness and intelligence of the world's young people is capable of pulling the world through the dark and divisive times which face us now."
Text Clementine de Pressigny