FASH 2022 / 8. September 2022

Idan Yoav

1st Prize
European Fashion Award – FASH 2022
Category Bachelor

Nomads for Love The costume collection “Nomads for Love” is inspired by a variety of cultural influences. The main subject of the collection is focusing on nomadism and belonging. Festival culture and the practical utilities of camping are reflected in the choice of material, and the upcycling of tarpaulins and sleeping bags. The collection is a fictional traditional costume, designed for a queer nomadic tribe: “Nomads for Love”!
Applying the idea of ‚Queering Tradition’, queer does not only define sexual preferences but also refers to the distinction of norms in favour of diversity. Traditional elements and symbols are transformed to create new visual statements and perceptions of the costumes. The printed and embroidered ornaments play a special role in the five outfits as they are drawing from the designers own personal history. Elements from Greek antiquity, traditional handicrafts from the Jewish-Kurdish and Polish traditions meet. Modern influences have come from artists Judy Chicago and Keith Haring. The ornaments appear floral, but a closer inspection reveals a mix of queer sexual practices.


Jury’s appraisal
Idan Yoav excels with an expressive costume design that convincingly combines tradition and modernity, as well as radiating an overflowing lust for life. The very independent silhouettes work well, the quilts and embroideries are of very high quality. In keeping with his career and training as an artist, professional dancer and fashion designer in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Paris, London and Berlin, Idan Yoav is able to virtuously combine a wide variety of influences into a coherent and mature artistic achievement and also justify it.
Member of the jury Joachim Schirrmacher, Creative Consultant

Education Bachelor – Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee, Prof. Doreen Schulz, Prof. Clara Leskovar

Prize 1,500 euros prize money, Singer Heavy Duty 4423 sewing machine

Contact idanyoav@hotmail.com / @Idan.Style

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FASH 2022 / 8. September 2022

Lihi Mendel

2nd Prize
European Fashion Award – FASH 2022
Category Bachelor

The Space The collection “The Space” investigates the term “Pre-Israeli Orientalism” and explores the complexity of Orientalism as it developed among the Zionist immigrants in Palestine at the beginning of the 20th century. The visual inspiration came from photographs by Abraham Soskin showing Jewish families in traditional Palestinian dress. They speak of the longing to assimilate with the East and to attain authentic, indigenous roots. The silhouettes are hybrids between East and West: traditional Palestinian and Western dresses. In their constructed form, they are flat and change their dynamic when worn. The silk and denim fabrics were printed. The technique of the cynaotype was used for this, at the time one of the first methods of developing photographs. The prints show wheat, oats, and eucalyptus in harmony with the local landscape. Eucalyptus was brought to Palestine from Europe by the Zionists to dry out the swamps.


Jury’s appraisal
Lihi Mendel has designed very beautiful and well-developed silhouettes. The grass prints are convincing with their good colour feeling and have been excellently realised on different fabric qualities. The result is fashion of high desirability that can be worn for many years. The simple yet strong portfolio portions the mood photos well and makes you want to see the designs in real.
Member of the jury Arne Eberle, Arne Eberle press + sales und publisher ΠMagazine

Education Bachelor, Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee, Prof. Heike Selmer

Prize 1,700 euros prize money, Singer Heavy Duty 4423 sewing machine

Contact mendel.lihi@gmail.com / @LihiMendel

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FASH 2020 / 5. July 2021

Carla Renée Loose

1st Prize
European Fashion Award – FASH 2020
Category Students

Es war alles Gegenwart, die Zukunft fand ausschließlich in Science Fiction statt

(It was all present, the future took place solely in science fiction)

In today’s society, the glorification of youth is all around us. It is a symbol of success and efficiency, dynamism and high performance. In a life filled with routine and self-control, we yearn to feel alive again and have a strong desire for youthful passion and emotionality and for living in the moment. And yet, rather than upholding this youthful curiosity and spirit, it is usually reduced to the superficial by the world of mass media and advertising. The inner striving for freedom and authenticity is suppressed by the desire for a security that does not exist; emotions are replaced by consumption. As a consequence, we increasingly move away from who we really are. We convince ourselves that it is better not to have regrets than to feel too much. A conversation around this contradiction barely takes place, culminating in in a lack of critical expression and protest. As a result, we experience conformity rather than enthusiasm, imitation rather than the genuine, laziness rather than originality – all of which are diametrically opposed to our incessant longing for youthful exuberance. If we maintain an unbiased youthful outlook, listen to our desire to savour the here and now and think, feel, and act intuitively, we can preserve our freedoms without losing sight of who we are and without relinquishing our powers of self-determination. We can acknowledge that current norms, ideals and conventions are not the only option, and we can start carving out new alternatives and shaping our future.

The womenswear collection “Es war alles Gegenwart, die Zukunft fand ausschließlich in Science Fiction statt” visualises youthful emotionality, impulsiveness, euphoria and contradiction. Contrasting colours, shapes and materials, volumes and depths, transparency and opulence characterise this collection of experimental textile and knitted designs.


Jury’s appraisal Carla Renée Loose has clear conceptual and creative strengths. Her profound, on-point, and cleverly articulated analysis of the glorification of youth is compelling and provides some important answers for society. This is also because her work is founded on her research of classical literature, which has become quite a rarity. In doing so, she has created a theoretical work that merits its own reward. Her artistic illustrations display her creative prowess in a modern guise. She takes hold of our roots and carries them into the present day, creating distinctive clothing that women like to wear; clothing that is coupled with a youthfulness embedded in the here and now.
Member of the jury Joachim Schirrmacher, Creative Consultant

Education Bachelor – HTW University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Prof. Anke Schlöder
Master – Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee / Prof. Patrick Rietz

Prize EUR 2,000

Contact carla.loose@outlook.de / @carlarenee_

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FASH 2018 / 12. June 2018

Carine Kuntz + Alexander Gaertner

Finalist’s Award
European Fashion Award – FASH 2018


EKMA (abbreviation for Ektoplasma) is a joint project between textile and fashion design. The womenswear collection is influenced by the fields of spiritism and mediumism. Especially the documented materialization phenomena by parapsychologist Albert von Schrenck-Notzing became a source of inspiration. Through textile manipulation the fabrics received new haptic and visual properties. An interaction of simple and opulent silhouettes, milky-translucent layers, moiré effects and flowing surfaces.


Award Ceremony

Education Carine Kuntz (Master Fashion)
Alexander Gaertner (Master Textile)
Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin (Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin), Prof. Clara Leskovar, Prof. Doreen Schulz, Prof. Dr. Zane Berzina

Prize Cash prize of 500 euro, Mentoring Program, Public Relations

Contact Carine Kuntz
Instagram @kuntzgaertner
Alexander Gaertner
Instagram @alexandergaertner

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FASH 2015 Freedom / 6. July 2015

Tomasz Szadel

2nd Prize
European Fashion Award – FASH 2015
Category Graduates


In his menswear collection “PXL.” Tomasz Szadel experiments with materi¬als, structures, surfaces and tailoring elements. It is inspired by the process of digital manipulation, between freedom and control. The resulting pixels, structures and surfaces create contrasting patterns, even optical irritations, known as Moiré Effect. With the help of screen and digital printing (some of which have a relief quality), multi-colored jacquard knit or laser cut struc¬tures he designed an exhilarating, tactile collection full of tension. Overlapping, draped, sometimes twisted sections, asymmetric lines and blurred proportions result in soft, round as well as sculptural, angular shapes with varying volume. The 35 pieces, some with an casual, some with an elegant flair, create ten different outfits; yet can be combined in a variety of ways.

Jury Statement Digital technologies change our lives, pave the way for control in never before seen ways, yet also generate new artistic freedoms. Tomasz Szadel takes advantage of these freedoms together with state-of-the-art textile design technologies and an extraordinary level of creativity for his first menswear collection. He cleverly addresses other senses as well with his talent for expressive material composition. This approach allows Tomasz Szadel to create an original design language. Sculptural details, draping elements and contrasts like loosely hanging coats and sharply cut jackets result in subtle and modern silhouettes. – Jury Member Franco P. Tettamanti, Fashion and Portrait Photographer, Paris

Education Master – Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee / Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin
Prof. Clara Leskovar, Prof. Doreen Schulz

Prize Photo shoot with Franco P. Tettamanti, catalogue, exhibition, media relations, Mentoring program, Mentor: Kim Pöhland-Block
1,500 Euro prize money

Contact mail@tomaszszadel.com / www.tomaszszadel.com

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FASH 2007 The Fine Art of Travelling / 2. February 2007

Karen Scholz

2nd Prize
European Fashion Award FASH 20071st Prize
Special Award Fashion Branding 2007

Team Karen Scholz
Joan Tarragó Papalona

Drawellink Places

“Drawellink Places” is an interdisciplinary project between fashion and painting, Berlin and Barcelona, two- and three-dimensional representation.
A very varied and flexible look of a brand has been created using the media of clothing, bags and accessories with potential for additional products and experiences. The concept has its roots in street art and couture. It has been implemented using appropriate techniques. The user is invited to play and personalize with a high degree of poetic force. The bags and the clothing should become part of the wearer and his/her history.
All products can be used in many ways. The all-rounder bag can be large or small, for example. It can be carried on your back, over your shoulder or on the hips. The Office-Picnic-Land bag becomes a mobile workstation in a park. And the Travelart Bag interprets “The fine art of travelling” as a journey through art and provides room for bulky work materials according to the motto of Oskar Schlemmer’s “KiK – Kunst im Koffer” (trans: “Art in a Suitcase”).
“Drawellink Places” is also a plea for discovering, exploring and becoming conscious, in other words, relearning how to see far from standardized pictures and uniform expectations. For Karen Scholz and Joan Tarragó Pampalona, drawing is an answer to the inflation of digital picture worlds. Consequently, the monsters drawn are the focus and center of the project. They are a lot more than decoration; in fact they are animation and become pieces of clothing themselves. The clothes and bags protect and adorn, convey an image and represent a concept of life. Despite all the innovation, they are also suitable for everyday use.

Jury Statement The inspiring work “Drawellink Places” convinces with a comprehensive presentation. The strong idea to transfer the graffiti culture from building walls to clothing and luggage has been implemented consistently with appropriate means. Regardless of whether clothes, bags or accessories, “Drawellink Places” is outstanding in all areas. For example, there is a balance between “loud” clothes, which are very ornamental and graphic (rather for a house party or an art exhibition) and “soft” ones, which only show stylistic references (such as a coat for an elegant dinner). This demonstrates a good example of the variety and flexibility, which is important for a fashion brand. Contrary to other submissions for the special prize of Fashion + Brand (which did not have sufficient substance for an award), this succeeded because the brand idea and not a logo is the focal point. In short words: if you know who you are, you also know you look like.
Additionally, not only the fact that the culture of street art has not only been transferred professionally is outstanding, but also the fact that the cheerful and poetic spirit has been maintained. The clothes invite the user to play and interact, to communicate and personalize. The longer you deal with the products, the more you discover and enter into another world.
Karen Scholz and Joan Tarragó Pampalona are two very skilled designers, who would be perfect to work together with Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton for a season.
Jury Member Gion-Men Krügel-Hanna, Senior Designer Interbrand Zintzmeyer & Lux, Zurich

Education Diplom 2006
Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee
Prof. Rolf Rautenberg
Contact creatist@karenscholz.net