FASH 2017 / 3. July 2017

The European Fashion Award FASH 2017

At the start of the Berlin Fashion Week, the European Fashion Award FASH 2017 was given to six young designers. The awards, valued 200,000 euro in total were handed over inside the stunning basilica of the Bode-Museum, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. More

Fash 2017 / 3. July 2017

The Guest at the European Fashion Award FASH 2017

Fash 2017 / 3. July 2017

The Partners of the European Fashion Award FASH 2017

The European Fashion Award FASH is supported by Messe München, the Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry, and WallDecaux. Additional European Fashion Award FASH 2017 partners: National Museums Berlin, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), German Design Council, Joachim Schirrmacher (creative consultant), Franco P Tettamanti (fashion photography), Bueronardin (graphic design), Arne Eberle (Public Relations), Pentherformes Group (mannequins), Wedo Sales (info displays), Strenesse (apparel), Hering Berlin (trophies), Vitra (furniture), Harp (consultancy), La Maison (consultancy), NH Collection Berlin Friedrichstrasse (hotel), Die Gastfreundin (catering), and VDP. Die Prädikatsweingüter.

FASH 2017 / 3. July 2017

Now is the time to come together

Honorific Speech at the European Fashion Award FASH 2017 by Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth MdB

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FASH 2017 / 9. June 2017

The Winners of the European Fashion Award FASH 2017

The winners of the European Fashion Award FASH 2017 have now been selected. The awards will be announced during a ceremony at Berlin’s Bode Museum on July 3, 2017, the day before the Berlin Fashion Week. The honorific speech will be given by the German Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office Michael Roth. Attendance at the award ceremony is by invitation only.
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Future / 16. January 2017

Fashion made by you – digitalization in the world of fashion

A digital revolution is beginning in the world of fashion. The time from order to delivery of customized fashion is set to be as little as five hours in future, instead of three months: New technologies and materials are producing innovative designs. Berlin has an opportunity to pave the way for fashion in the 21st century. More

FASH 2016 / 27. June 2016

European Fashion Award FASH 2016 Awarded to Seven Promising Young Designers

At the start of Berlin Fashion Week, seven promising young designers were awarded the European Fashion Award FASH 2016. The awards, valued at EUR 200,000 in total, were presented in front of 250 guests on Monday evening by the non-profit organization SDBI –Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation). The ceremony took place in the impressive halls of Berlin’s Neues Museum, part of the Museum Island UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Shaping Change
Visions for a new era formed the focus of the European Fashion Award FASH 2016’s theme, “Change”. Digital transformation is currently bringing fundamental change to the way fashion is sold, presented, and designed. Online shopping, live streams and Instagram have changed everything. The seven winners of the European Fashion Award FASH 2016 are shaping this change. From demonstrating the potential of purely industrial production to entirely new approaches to sustainable fashion: The creative and technical abilities of the award winners are impressive, and the creative output is fascinating. The award-winning projects focus on concepts exploring fashion’s potential, and have more in common with concept cars than clothing for everyday wear.   More

FASH 2016 / 27. June 2016

Welcoming remarks from Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary for the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy

The European Fashion Award FASH is one of the most important international awards for upcoming talent. It is exceptional, because rather than being a marketing tool for companies, products or locations, it focuses on giving support to students. More

FASH 2016 / 27. June 2016

European Fashion Award FASH Presents First Fashion Films on Digital Poster Panels in Germany

Over the coming week, everyone will be able to participate a little bit in Berlin Fashion Week at the Friedrichstraße underground station in Berlin. From June 26th to July 2nd, six short fashion films showing the “Change”-themed winning work from the European Fashion Award FASH 2016 and giving a glimpse into the future of fashion will be presented on Wall AG’s digital advertising space on the U6 line’s platform. It is the first time in Germany that fashion films will be shown on “Out-of-Home” boards.With support from Wall, the SDBI can perform its pioneering role even better for students, design and industry. More

Circle of Friends / 22. June 2016

SDBI partners with the Textile+Fashion Confederation

textil+mode, the German Textile+Fashion Confederation, has joined the SDBI – Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation) Circle of Friends as its newest member. The Confederation’s intellectual and financial support for the SDBI’s non-profit work has been vital in enabling the European Fashion Award FASH 2016, which takes place at Berlin’s Neues Museum on June 27. More

2nd Mentoring Day – European Fashion Award FASH 2016 / 13. June 2016

I’ve never been so pale

What is a good portfolio? How relevant are my ideas? Who makes the decisions about the job? What do companies expect from an applicant? Fashion designers gave truthful insights into their working world at the SDBI’s second Mentoring Day. More

European Fashion Award FASH 2016 / 5. February 2016

The winners of the European Fashion Award FASH 2016

The winners of the European Fashion Award FASH 2016 have been selected. The awards will be announced at the Berlin Fashion Week in summer 2016.
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European Fashion Award FASH 2016 / 31. August 2015

New Member of the Jury: Sébastien Meunier, Artistic Director Ann Demeulemeester

Sébastien Meunier, Artistic Director of Ann Demeulemeester, is member of the jury of the European Fashion Award FASH 2016. The French designer Sebastien Meunier was named Artistic Director of Ann Demeulemeester in 2013, having designed the men’s collection in-house since 2010.

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FASH 2015 / 6. July 2015

European Fashion Award FASH 2015 Presented To Six Young Designers. 10 Years European Fashion Award.

Six young up and coming design students and graduates received the European Fashion Award FASH 2015 during the kick-off for the Berlin Fashion Week. On Monday evening, witnessed by 250 invited guests, the non-profit Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation), in short SDBI, presented the awards valued at a total of 80,000 Euro at the impressive Neue Museum (New Museum) in Berlin, one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. More

FASH 2015 / 6. July 2015

10 Years European Fashion Award

Speech by Tobias Gröber, Chairman
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Ladies and Gentlemen, dear Winners:
Today marks the 10th presentation of our newcomer designer award, the European Fashion Award FASH. The award started out with modest beginnings and gained a lot of strength along the way.
The non-profit “Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie” (Germany Fashion Industry Foundation), in short SDBI, was founded in 1978 by Klaus Steilmann, at the time Europe’s largest manufacturer of women’s fashion. When Messe München took over the Modewoche München (Munich Fashion Week) in 1996, we also voluntarily took on the management of SDBI. Until 2004 the foundation provided direct endorsement for a small circle of talented students. There was hardly any public relations activity or follow-up support. In 2004 we tasked Joachim Schirrmacher with the reorganization to better meet the challenges of our increasingly more global, faster and more complex world of fashion. More

European Fashion Award FASH 2015 / 12. June 2015

Award Ceremony European Fashion Award FASH 2015 on the Occasion of Berlin Fashion Week

Exhibition and Award Ceremony of the European Fashion Award FASH 2015 on the occasion of Berlin Fashion Week. The award purse totals 80,000 Euro. The presentation takes place in the impressive premises of  Neues Museum, part of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Winners European Fashion Award FASH 2015
Tomasz Szadel, Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee
Lukas Fischer, FH Bielefeld
Julia Kleeblatt, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle
Kai Gerhardt, Universität der Künste Berlin
Lilly Bosse, Hochschule für Künste Bremen
Ulf Brauner, Universität der Künste Berlin

Exhibition and Award Ceremony European Fashion Award FASH 2015
Monday, July 6th, 2015, 5.30 – 7.30 pm
Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Museumsinsel Berlin
Bodestraße 1-3
10178 Berlin / Mitte

By personal invitation only!

The European Fashion Award FASH is considered one of the most important international endorsement awards for fashion students. It is an annual competition by the not-for-profit Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation), in short SDBI. Klaus Steilmann, at the time Europe’s largest manufacturer of women’s fashion, founded SDBI in 1978.www.sdbi.de

Column, Magazin Z of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung / 24. May 2015

Next, Please! The Future For Fashion Design Talents

Fashion has evolved into a merciless mastery gobbling up everything that is fresh and new. The youngest are particularly affected when it comes to finding new talent. Companies like H&M or luxury syndicates like Kering and LVMH hold high-caliber award competitions to find the best of the best. And the Fashion Weeks – whether in London or Paris, New York or Milan – use every fathomable method to search for young talents, hoping to gain a firm hold on tomorrow’s stars. Even governments invest millions to endorse the young designers. Paris alone invests 57 million Euros in three fashion schools; New York endorses small companies to allow them to maintain their production in the metropolitan city.
It seems like young fashion design students have never had as many opportunities as they have today. Yet, while in the past the media interest was followed by professional success, today’s attention span is shorter than the light of a shooting star. The name of the latest newcomer is on everyone’s lips for just a few minutes, until the next one takes its place. Even the buyers want only the latest hype. The new talents have become a part of our entertainment, and are thrown to the dogs when it’s time to say: Next, please! It is almost impossible for anyone to become established under these conditions.
However, this also means that there is a lack of visions for the future of fashion; we are smothered by recurring revivals of the best sellers. A vicious cycle. When the fight for attention is no longer successful, why not try to change strategy? Instead of trying to face the media storm with one’s own label right after graduation, why not work a few years in a team for one of the great designers? This is where the up and coming talents can gain experience and contacts, instead of paving their way to disappointment. Fresh shoots will then turn into strong trees – under the radar.
Of course, it is not always easy to find that kind of job. To help out, the Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation), whose work I have been voluntarily managing for the last ten years, launched a mentoring program that pairs award winners with young designers. This allows them to communicate on level ground and answer their burning questions: How can I set up a good portfolio? How did you launch your career? What are human resource managers like? And the new designers have the opportunity to benefit from the already better-established designers’ network to gain contact to everything from companies, competitions, fabric suppliers, photographers, bloggers and more. This has already opened quite a few doors. If you want to support us in this effort, please do! You can also help by not just pushing like on Facebook or Instagram, but by purchasing fashion items created by a young designer once a year. Actions like that would go a long way.
 
First published (in German): SDBI Director Joachim Schirrmacher in his regular column “Wahrgenommen” for Magazin Z of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, May 24, 2015

European Fashion Award FASH 2016 / 20. May 2015

Change

We are on the eve of a new era. The European Fashion Award FASH 2016 with the subject “Change” is searching for visions of a new era.
Wars, conflicts and catastrophes are not the only issues that change the way we view our world. There is no question: Digitalisation and globalisation enhance and facilitate our life, yet they also have a fundamental impact on the world. Smartphones make every networking attempt of the past look like a simple prelude. The start-up culture, shareconomy, co-creation, crowdsourcing and swapping, as well as the disruptive business models of international investors have created a completely new kind of economy. Hardly any industry remains unaffected by this change.
How can fashion react to all these changes? Should there be more adaptation, subversive strategies, or should we dream completely new dreams? Who will ride the wave of change and claim the future? More

FASH 2015 / 20. November 2014

The Winners of The European Fashion Award FASH 2015

The Winners of The European Fashion Award FASH 2015 were selected.
The awards will be announced in 2015.
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Refined And Realistic / 17. July 2014

SDBI Award Winners Among The Highlights of Berlin Fashion Week­

SDBI winners receive their awards at the very beginning of their career. They are often still students or just completed their studies. The European Fashion Award FASH is their first award. An honor that results in benefits more quickly than ever before.  More

European Fashion Award FASH 2015 / 3. July 2014

Freedom


Fashion as the expression of attitude: whether social utopia, poetic symbol of protest or escape from the everyday – freedom has many different dimensions. On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the European Fashion Award FASH 2015 is looking for fashion designs with the theme of “Freedom”. 
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FASH 2014 / 13. January 2014

Presentation of The European Fashion Award FASH 2014 by SDBI for the First Time during Berlin Fashion Week

Kicking off the Berlin Fashion Week, today nine students and graduates were honored with the European Fashion Award FASH 2014. The award is managed by the non-profit SDBI – Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation) . 250 guests from the retail sector, agencies, higher education, government as well as managers and designers of leading companies from Germany, Denmark, Great Britain, Estonia, France, Japan, Lithuania, Sweden and Switzerland took part in the ceremony. More

FASH 2014 / 13. January 2014

Statements

“I have been observing the work of SDBi since its beginnings and in particular since my involvement with the jury in 2011. The evident genuine interest in new international creative talent was always the core value of the SDBI. This makes it inspirational for creatives, jury members and associates alike. Further support for future projects is vital and beneficial for both the industry and the young talent in order to further connect on a continuous basis and prepare for the tough challenges ahead.”
Torsten Hochstetter, Global Creative Director, Puma

“Visions, creativity and passion are the components with which SDBI sets sustainable signals for the future of the otherwise fast-moving fashion world.”
Laudation “Germany – Land of Ideas”

“The European Fashion Award FASH is neither a local project nor a faceless global story. SDBI does not only focus on beauty but also looks at the concept behind the fashion. We share this requirement for quality, combined with an international appeal.”
Daniel and Markus Freitag, Founders and Creative Directors FREITAG.

“We are grateful that SDBI plays a pioneering role for design and industry with its European Fashion Award FASH as well as with the help of its communication and industry network.”
Michael Glos, MdB, Federal Minister of Economy and Technology on the 30th anniversary of SDBI

“Attitude is the beginning of all sustainability. SDBI consistently endorses the new generation for our industry on a sophisticated level and with realistic reference to reality. SDBI deserves even more support – because lastly, people work for us and will work for us who have emerged from the FASH competition. The non-financial support provided by the Federal Government makes us hope that fashion in Berlin will eventually become a national topic.”
Albert Kriemler, Akris Creative Director

“An award like the European Fashion Award FASH motivates and generates attention, whether in a job application or in the media. Such professional competitions set important standards, are a seismographic indicator for trends and ideas and provide the industry with important inspiration. And last, but not least, they are an important tool for finding new employees.”
Cornelia Pieper, MdB, Minister of State, Foreign Office

“There are enormous changes in the global fashion business. Germany basically has – particularly thanks to its in-depth involvement in education – the power to be an international player. However, this potential has to be further developed and made more visible.”
Joachim Schirrmacher, Director and Advisory Board Chairman, SDBI

“Contrary to other industries, the fashion industry doesn’t treat its new generation very gently. This is why awards like the European Fashion Award FASH are so important to support and recognize their talent,” emphasizes jury member Robb Young speaking from long-time experience. He has managed, among others, the Swiss Textiles Award and helped designers like Raf Simons, Haider Ackermann, Christian Wijnants or Alexander Wang make their mark on an international level.

Platform For Young Designers
The European Fashion Award FASH is considered one of the most important international endorsement awards for fashion students, and has been active as a platform for the new generation of designers since 2005. It is an annual competition by the not-for-profit Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation), in short SDBI. Thanks to the European Fashion Award FASH, its communication, publications and extensive industry network SDBI plays a groundbreaking role for students, design and industry. Klaus Steilmann, at the time Europe’s largest manufacturer of women’s fashion, founded SDBI in 1978.

FASH 2014 / 11. December 2013

The Winners of The European Fashion Award FASH 2014

The winners of the European Fashion Award FASH 2014 have been selected. They will receive their awards on Monday, January 13, 2014, on the occasion of the Berlin Fashion Week. Following a presentation of the six winning collections the jury will announce the individual awards. More

FASH 2014 / 10. September 2013

Swiss Textile Federation supports the European Fashion Award FASH 2014

The Swiss Textile Federation (Textilverband Schweiz) supports the European Fashion Award FASH 2014 with textile vouchers valued 5,000 Swiss Francs (4.000 Euro). “We are happy to support the European Fashion Award FASH 2014 with innovative materials produced by our members, because we are impressed and captivated by the professional character of the award as well as the creative excellence and high skill level of the award winners. This is not just an award for products, but an evaluation of everything from research, concept, tailoring, to presentation,” says Peter Flückiger, Director of the Swiss Textile Federation.

FASH 2014 / 6. September 2013

Stephan Meyer as Member of the Jury

We gained yet another member of the Jury of the European Fashion Award FASH 2014, Stephan Meyer. Stephan Meyer is Creative Director of the German edition of Harpers Bazaar, which was just published for the first time a few days ago. Meyer, considered one of Germany’s foremost style experts, has plenty of experience in the sector of men’s and women’s fashions, as well as interior design. He has worked for magazines including GQ, Park Avenue or Architectural Digest. He was also responsible for the styling for the photos shot of the winning collection of the European Fashion Award FASH 2013. “I am really looking forward to the jury meeting and working with the winners. My own time at fashion design school is still fresh in my mind,” Stephan Meyer comments.

SDBI Circle of Friends / 30. July 2013

Self-Confidence Is Important

Daniel and Markus Freitag on their involvement in the European Fashion Award FASH, their beginning as students, and what an award can do for you.

 

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Ioana Ciolacu Miron, FASH 2011 / 4. July 2013

The FASH Award Changed Everything

Ioana Ciolacu Miron, FASH 2011 award winner, was crowned the “Designer for Tomorrow“ (DfT) by Stella McCartney in July during the Berlin Fashion Week. She told SDBI Director Joachim Schirrmacher what has happened in the past years.  More

Berlin Premiere / 1. July 2013

SDBI Networks Talents and Industry

The cocktail reception with which the Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation) – SDBI launched its premiere in Berlin on the evening before the opening of the Berlin Fashion Week was extraordinary, high class and profound.  More

Welcome Adress Minister of State Pieper / 1. July 2013

Creativity saves our future

Welcome Address by Cornelia Pieper, MdB, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office at the Reception On the Occasion of the Opening of Berlin Fashion Week (European Fashion Award FASH), July 1, 2013Hotel Brandenburger Hof, Berlin More

European Fashion Award FASH 2014 / 21. May 2013

Rhythm

Music and dancing, excitement and relaxation, fast fashion and slow fashion are some of the many facets of the theme “Rhythm” of the European Fashion Award FASH 2014. The advisory board of the Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation) agreed to this rather broadly interpretable scope for the competition. More

Leading Promotion / 21. May 2013

Distinguished Winners

Several previous winners of our European Fashion Award FASH have been awarded by other contests. For example, Karen Scholz and Joan Tarragó Pampalona (FASH 2007) won 2008 the 1st Prize of the Apolda European Design Award. Melanie Gros (FASH 2008) and Annika Tutsch (FASH 2011) were decorated with a grant by the Wilhelm Lorch Foundation in 2010 and 2011.
But this spring our records were broken. Almost each of our winners of FASH 2013 was nominated for the Baltic Fashion Award. We are very glad that Tanja Schmidt and Philip Rudzinski won this prize in the beginning of May.
In addition, the successful team from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover recently was presented as one promotional prize winner in the category creation by Wilhelm Lorch Foundation. Besides the two of them, our winners Tim Labenda and Florian Wowretzko were also decorated with grants by the Wilhelm Lorch Foundation. Congratulations to all of them!
The team of SDBI is very pleased that its leading promotion is bearing such fruit. Maybe we can celebrate another success on July 3rd: Ciolacu Ioana Miron from Romania (2nd prize FASH 2011) has been nominated by Stella McCartney as Designer for Tomorrow.

European Fashion Award FASH 2013 / 3. February 2013

The Winners

The European Fashion Award FASH 2013 searched for the new fashion image for men – which in turn reveal new images for women too. The festive award ceremony was held during the trade show ISPO MUNICH 2013.  More

SDBI Expands Workshops At ISPO MUNICH 2013 / 26. January 2013

Workshops: Career and Calculation

The SDBI workshops “Career and Calculation” have been a tradition since 2007. For the first time SDBI will also offer workshops on the topic of job application. Experienced designers discuss how they made their career and what they expect from application portfolio today. 
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Shooting FASH 2013 / 10. December 2012

Making of

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38th Hamburg Ballet Days / 16. June 2012

The Great Stage For The New Generation

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Michael Court, winner of the European Fashion Awards FASH 2010 by the Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (German Fashion Industry Foundation – SDBI), designed the costumes for the premiere of “Renku” on the occasion of the opening of the 38th Hamburg Ballet Days. The Hamburg Ballet Days are considered one of the world’s five most important ballet festivals. More

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft / 6. November 2010

Mode in Bewegung

20 Jahre Deutsche Einheit / 22. August 2010

Die Mode zu Besuch bei Merkel

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Deutsche Welle TV / 16. July 2010

Michael Court entwirft Kostüme für Festival

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Online-Portal / 5. May 2010

Creative Germany

Magazin der Bundesrepublik Deutschand / 14. March 2010

Die neue Lust der Deutschen an Mode

Fashiontheorie / 10. March 2010

Ingrid Loschek ist tot

Klaus Steilmann / 15. November 2009

Die Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie trauert um ihren Stifter

 

Journalistenreise / 16. October 2009

Kreativwirtschaft und Nachhaltigkeit

Jenny Wolf / 9. October 2009

Kostümdesign “Die Fledermaus”

Adrian Sommerauer / 10. September 2009

Meisterliches Handwerk

Hugo Boss / 5. September 2009

Tandem