The International Contest for Young Designers and Stylists
The contest “Podium” was organized in 1997 by the South Russia State University of Economics and Service (Russia, Rostov region) and is carried out in accordance with the Plan of Scientific Actions of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia. Its goal is to develop creative potential of youth, to organize designers’ professional environment and international cooperation area of world fashion industry. The contest arranges and widens creative contacts, builds ties with scientific and manufacturing potential of the world business-community in fashion industry.
For its lifetime the contest has changed its status: from South-Russian (1998) via the stage of All-Russian (2000), in 2002 the contest obtained the International level. Gifted youth is supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, Ministry of Education of Egypt, Ministry of Culture of Egypt, Designers’ Union of Russia, Association of Foreign Students in Russia, companies “Gloria Jeans”, “Gutermann” etc.
For its longstanding history the contest was held in such cities as Shakhty, Rostov-on-Don, Pyatigorsk, Sochi, Sarm-el-Sheikh, Brno. Annually authors from 30-40 cities of Russia and foreign countries, 30-45 universities present to the attention of qualified jury more than 1000 models of clothes, footwear, accessories and showpieces of artdesign. In different years the jury was headed by Alexander Vasiliev (Paris, France) – fashion historian, dramatic artist, professor of the Royal College of Arts (London), professor of the National High School of Visual Arts “La Cambre“ (Brussels, Belgium), Virginie Schamber (Paris, France) – head of the department of modeling at International Fashion School “Mod’Art International”, Tatiana Mikhalkova (Russia) – president of Charity Fund “Russian Silhouette”, Anisette Gabriel Kochofa (Republic of Benin) – president of the Association of Foreign Students in Russia, Yury Nazarov (Russia) – president of Designers’ Union of Russia, academician of Russian Design. The contest gets inimitable charm from its traditional holding in historically significant cultural centers – Lermontov Gallery (Pyatigorsk, the contest was dedicated to the 200th anniversary of foundation of Caucasian Mineral Waters district), Winter Theatre (Sochi), and final show on coast of the Red Sea in Sharm-el-Sheikh (Egypt) was inspired by history wind.
The triumph at the contest permitted 11 prizewinners to get the traineeships in the leading European Fashion Schools and Houses (“ESMOD”, “Mod’Art Int.”, “Claude Bonucci” etc.). More than 400 contest participants are offered good positions at the clothes manufacturing enterprises or run their own atelier and creative workshops.
In 2007 the IXth International Contest for Young Designers and Stylists “Podium-2007” was held on the 12th-16th of February, 2007 in Brno (Czech Republic) as the accompanying program of the International Fashion and Textile Fair STYL and the International Fair of Footwear and Leather Articles KABO under the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, Designers’ Union of Russia, Fair Complex of Brno, company “EURO-GRAND” (Czech Republic). 130 authors of clothes and footwear collections from 34 universities, 38 cities, and 8 foreign countries took part in the contest. The objective of the competition “Podum-2007” was to expand the cooperation between the universities and European business – community in fashion industry, participators of the International fair STYL-KABO, to interchange the ideas, opinions and experience of Russian and foreign stylists.
Grand Prix of the competition, a traineeship in European fashion house, was awarded to one of the authors of the collections of suits for the most professional creative work.
The main prizes of the competition were awarded for the best collections in the following nominations:
1. Prêt-à-Portè Clothes
2. Avant-garde Clothes
3. Footwear and accessories
The prizes of the participant of the International Contest “Podium” were awarded to each author of the collections. More than 20 audience prizes from the participants of the Fair STYL-KABO, Fair Complex of Brno, Russian and foreign universities, firms, 30 prizes of Designers’ Union of Russia, 15 prizes of the University of South Valley (Luxor, Egypt) etc were awarded.
The Xth Anniversary Contest “Podium-2008” with the Fund “Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan” under the support of the Designers’ Union of Russia and the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia will be held on the 19th-27th of October 2008 at the ancient land of Uzbekistan with its deep historical and cultural traditions in the Centre of National Arts.
We invite creative groups, young authors, students and professors of chairs to take part in this event.
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