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Nelleke Strijkers bags IAF International Designer award
Sep '12
The International Apparel Federation (IAF) International Designer Award took place at the Alfândega do Porto, Portugal. Annually, this catwalk show offers designers from around the globe a platform which recognises and rewards the next generation of designers. It has come to be a respected part of the IAF World Apparel Convention, and an international platform for innovative, original and creative emerging fashion designers.

Harry van Dalfsen, IAF President: “By means of this award, IAF aims to build bridges between young designers, national fashion associations and the rest of the fashion industry. We are proud that through this initiative, international fashion design is promoted among the most influential decision-makers in the apparel industry.”


Designers from 7 countries took part in the prestigious catwalk award show: Ellie Mucke (Australia), Blaenk | Nadine Möllenkamp & Silke Geib (Germany), Jatin Varma (India), Trista (Mexico), SPR+ | Nelleke Strijkers (Netherlands), Claudia Garrido (Portugal), Pei Yuan Lee (Taiwan).

2012 Award Winners

The panel of judges was made up of Mariette Hoitink (Managing Director at HTNK Fashion Recruitment & Consultancy), Dolores Gouveia (Modatex fashion school) and Júlio Torcato (Designer). Their judgement was focussed on innovation, originality, creativity, fabrics and quality of the collections and based on creativity (40%) and marketability (60%). The winners are: Most creative design: Blaenk | Nadine Möllenkamp & Silke Geib (Germany) Most commercial design: SPR+ | Nelleke Strijkers (Netherlands) Best way of working with the fabrics: SPR+ | Nelleke Strijkers (Netherlands)

2011 Award Winner

The 2011 award winner was invited as IAF’s guest, to attend the World Apparel Convention and show the collection entered last year at the catwalk show. Camilo Alvarez lives and designs in Medellin, Colombia. His objective is to make a connection between communication and fashion. For him, being a designer in a city where fashion is still developing is never a disadvantage, but a characteristic and a positive condition.

The International Apparel Federation (IAF) is a global association, open to entrepreneurs and executives from the apparel chain worldwide. It is a worldwide knowledge network that collects and disseminates information, statistical, benchmarking and otherwise, on developments in apparel design, manufacturing, distribution, sourcing, trade and technology.

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