Incredibly exciting news for New Zealand’s youngest rising star designer Alex Kim (of label Jaeha). Kim has just been named one of ten finalists in the prestigious Mango Fashion Awards. From a pool of 200 designers Kim made it into the 50 short-listed candidates, and, announced yesterday, into the top ten.
Australian label Josh Goot has also been announced among the 10 short-listed. The award will be judged next May with each designer putting on a fashion show in Barcelona. The winning label will be awarded a cash prize of €300,000 (NZD$651,719.81)
Simply for being selected as a finalist, Alex Kim has earned himself a tidy €15,000. I contacted Kim for a statement and received this:
“Ok, I just got awarded NZ$30,000 and in top 10 of Mango Fashion Awards and having a fashion show in Bacelona!!! Next April!!! To compete with Josh Goot and mega talented designers from around the world for NZ$600,000!!!! This is the biggest fashion award in the world!! Last year Valentino and Liz Hurley were guest judges with Hedi Slimane and Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano!! OMG!!! And the judge is Karl Lagerfeld for this year!!”
Go get ‘em Alex!
Update: 6:30pm 17/10 From Alex Kim:
I am real excited about being in top 10, It will be amazing to meet those mega talented designers like Josh Goot and Jean pierre Braganza and more..
The 40k(not 30k now.. coz of currency) will cover the half of flight to Bacelona and sampling Northern Hemisphere collection of 12 outfits. It is different to the AW09 collection i showed in ANZFW, the collection i have entered is much paired back yet technically complex in draping.. *giggle*