Finalists of the Latvian Young Fashion Designers Competition MERINGUE Are Announced
Finalists of the Young Fashion Designers Competition MERINGUE are announced taking place at 6.30 p.m. on November 25 at the Cultural Space Hanzas perons. Eleven finalists of the competition, aspiring fashion designers from the Art Academy of Latvia, Riga Technical University, Riga Design and Art School, and Liepaja Secondary School of Music, Art, and Design will compete for the grand prize.
Eleven collections have qualified for the finals of the competition, including four collections from the Art Academy of Latvia created by Ms Anita Leina, Ms Una Berzina, Ms Ilze Muciņa, and Ms Elīna Grīnberga. This time, Ms Milēna Emīlija Seržante will be the only student representing the Riga Design and Art School in the finals. The educational institution not represented before in the competition joined the finalists this year, that is, Liepāja Secondary School of Music, Art, and Design with the collection of Ms Ieva Agruma. In its turn, Riga Technical University is represented very well with five collections, two of which are creative duets of students bringing together Ms Nadīna Anija Poga and Ms Marta Cimdiņa, Ms Līva Kreile and Ms Annija Grūbe, and individual collections by Ms Paula Žaunere, Ms Alīne Skarule, and Ms Kristīne Zariņa.
When evaluating the contestants, priority is given to ready-to-wear fashion design collections that incorporate novelty and newly created value in the cut, design, textures, design techniques, composition, etc. and that have the potential of commercialisation in terms of process and demand.
The international jury will evaluate the collections submitted for the competition chaired by Professor Luba Popova from the New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan for the third year already, who has decades of practical experience working with Italian couture houses and who is the author of fashion theory books. Ms Dace Godmane, Director of Stockmann Riga Department Store, Mr Alexander Pavlov, fashion designer, founder, and creative director of Alexander Pavlov brand, Ms Liene Stūraine, Editor-in-chief of Pastaiga magazine, Ms Kristīne Rudzinska, Editor-in-chief of Lilit LOOK magazine, as well as Mr Volodymyr Nechiporuk, representative of the International Young Designers Contest 2020, will be on the jury.
Contestants will compete for the title of the winner and grand prize, a two-week fashion marketing and management course in the New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and participation in the International Young Designers Contest in Kyiv in July 2020 by representing Latvia there. There will also be two special awards: a special award for creativity from the Pastaiga magazine, a promo publication in the Pastaiga magazine, and a special award for best design from the Lilit LOOK magazine, a promo publication in the Lilit LOOK magazine.
Well-known musician and composer Rihards Zaļupe, winner of the Lielais Kristaps 2019 prize, will present a musical performance specially designed for the finalists of the competition. The Ambassador of the competition, Fashion Designer Laima Jurča will open the event by the Illuminated collection created for people with disabilities. While awaiting the evaluations of the jury, spectators will enjoy the latest collection of a special guest, Fashion Designer Iveta Vecmane named MELANCHOLIA III ETHNOGRAPHY II.
The Association, Latvian Fashion Chamber, started the tradition of organising the competition in 2016. Its purpose is to discover and promote young fashion designers to the general public, to provide hands-on experience, and to support the further development of young designers and their faster integration into the fashion industry by facilitating acquiring the knowledge and experience.
This year, the competition is convened as a cooperation project of two organisations, that is, the Latvian Fashion Chamber and the Latvian College of Culture of the Latvian Academy of Culture by combining two pre-existing events on one platform, namely, the Young Fashion Designers Competition “Young Talent” and MERINGUE Student Fashion Project from the Latvian College of Culture. The MERINGUE competition has been supplemented by various initiatives of the students of the Latvian College of Culture such as the media breakfast, organising showroom, production of video stories, etc.
We invite everyone interested to the final fashion shows of the competition. Tickets are available at www.ticketshop.lv.
The competition’s fashion show will be broadcast on the national broadcasting company Riga TV24. The project is implemented with the support of the State Culture Capital Foundation and in cooperation with JSC Latvijas Valsts meži, Latvian Design Center, Riga TV24, Radio SWH, Pastaiga magazine, Lilit LOOK magazine, New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Ukrainian Fashion Council, DS Stockmann, social enterprise RB kafejnīca of organisation Rūpju bērns.
In addition to the competition, the Latvian College of Culture will organise a conference “Fight for the Beautiful” at the Kaņepe Cultural Centre at 11 a.m. on November 26, where industry professionals from Latvia, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Macedonia will discuss the importance of fashion and design in society.
The Latvian College of Culture of the Latvian Academy of Culture offers modern education in cultural management, dancing, and libraries with various specialisations. Currently, LAC Latvian College of Culture is the only educational institution in Latvia where one can study fashion and design management.
Founded in 2010, the Latvian Fashion Chamber is the largest and most active non-governmental organisation in the fashion industry created by fashion professionals themselves in Latvia. It aims at developing and facilitating the growth of the Latvian fashion industry.