European Fashion Award – FASH 2019
|Concept||“Gender Punk” is the focus of Ecehan Altikardes’ fanciful collections. A mixture of the gender-neutral fashion of antiquity, the rebellious elements of punk, the neutrality of tomboyism and male elements such as a biker jacket. Facets of personality are visualized through contrasts such as faux leather and chiffon, soft draping and angular forms or a balancing act between sportswear and couture. Prints and eye-catching material processing should create a feeling of tension and drama.
Ecehan Altikardes grew up in Germany with a Turkish-Yugoslavian background. These two very different cultures were a challenge to open up, to find the own point of view and expression and a motivation to accept oneself in all its facets. His collections should not be a quiet whisper, but a cry against all that is stuck, a cry for individuality, otherness and androgyny as well as an expression of himself.
|Jury statement||Ecehan Altikarte’s designs are characterized by a strong emotional power full of fantasy and exuberant creativity. He shows courage to experiment, plays with silhouettes, materials and gender role models. All this promises a great potential for development.|
|Education||7th semester Bachelor, Hochschule Pforzheim (Pforzheim University – School of Design), Prof. Tamotsu Kondo|
|Prize||1,000 euros prize money, mentoring program, media work, material prizes for pattern design by Müller & Sohn.|