An international jury with experts from design, industry, trade, communication and media will select the prize winners in two rounds according to defined criteria. First, the finalists will be selected from all applications. In Frankfurt, the prize winners in the categories will be selected. The jury’s decision is not legally contestable.
The members of the Jury FASH 2021
Jenny Capitain, Fashion Editor and Curator. First Fashion experience in Berlin working with Claudia Skoda during my studies of Applied Arts at HFBK (Berlin University of the Arts). Early collaboration with Helmut Lang and Muse and Stylist to Helmut Newton. International Career as Fashion Director at Vogue US and Vogue Paris. Freelance Editor and Stylist at Harper’s Bazaar and to Oprah Winfrey in New.
Michael Court, Senior Designer Vivienne Westwood, London. Michael started his career in Germany where he studied Integrated Design at the University of Arts Bremen. He participated at the European Fashion Award in 2010 where he won the 1st prize with his collection “The strength of silence”. Through the contact with SDBI, Michael got to work with designer Peter Schmidt and ballet choreographer Orkan Dann from the Hamburg Ballet. He started designing costumes for the play “Arkadien – Orte der Sehnsucht” for the Schleswig-Holstein music festival and later he was asked to design costumes for the ballet “Renku” at the of the 38th Hamburg Ballet Days. They are considered one of the world’s five most important ballet festivals.
After finishing his university degree, Michael started working for Vivienne Westwood in London. Where he still works since. As a designer for the house Vivienne Westwood, he works for the Japanese menswear and accessories department. His work involves designing and controlling the design development according to Vivienne’s brief. In this role both the creative and the business side come together which he enjoys a lot.
Torsten Hochstetter, Creative Director. After completing his training as a fashion tailor Hochstetter studied fashion design at the Polimoda Institute in Florence. He began his career at S.Oliver in 1993, then joined Adidas, where, after periods in Japan and the USA, he became responsible for sport style design for the entire Adidas Group in the position of Creative Director. Hochstetter and his team have repeatedly been honored for their designs. Following his subsequent position as Creative Director for the US surfing brand O’Neill, he joined Puma in summer of 2013 as Global Creative Director. He is fluent in German, English, Italian, Dutch and Japanese.
Joel S. Horwitz, Design Director, Fila Europe. Before Design Consultant (VOGUE Collection, adidas, Review, KIOMI und J. Lindeberg). He won the “Designer for Tomorrow” (Peek & Cloppenburg) and the Lucky Strike Junior Designer Award with his diloma collection at the Berlin University of the Arts and was able to present his designs at the Fashion Week in Tokyo.
Hella Jongerius, is one of the world’s leading designers, known for her research-driven approach and vigorous work on uniting craftsmanship and industrial production, infusing mass produced objects with imperfection, sensibility and character. She founded her Jongeriuslab design studio in 1993, and has worked on commissioned projects for Vitra, Maharam, the interior design of the Delegates’ Lounge of the United Nations Headquarters and the cabin interiors for the Dutch airline KLM. She has also initiated many independent projects, with exhibitions at the Design Museum London (2017), Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2017), the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm (2018) and Lafayette Anticipations in Paris (2019). Jongerius’s work can be found in the permanent collections including the MoMA, the Centre Pompidou, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Since 2009 she has lived and worked in Berlin.
Barbara Markert, fashion and business journalist, has been reporting on the fashion industry for around 25 years. After working as business editor at the special interest magazin TextilWirtschaft and features editor at Glamour and Vogue Business, she moved to Paris in 2003. Since then she has worked as a correspondent for The Spin Off (formerly Sportswear International) and writes for Vogue, Spiegel, Manager Magazin among others. As co-founder of the blog Modepilot, Barbara Markert is considered one of the pioneers in German fashion blogging. In her lifetime, she has attended more than 5,000 fashion shows at international fashion weeks and interviewed many international fashion designers like Virgil Abloh, Nicolas Ghesquière, Clare Waight Keller, Raf Simons or Giambattista Valli . For about five years, she has been actively campaigning for a better and more conscious fashion consumption. In particular, she wants to raise awareness about the problem of microplastics in the fashion and beauty industry.
Joachim Schirrmacher works as a Creative Consultant in Berlin. He offer his 25 years of expertise in fashion and design for governments, corporate and academic clients. He wrote for renowned Media like Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Since 2004 he is Project Director of the European Fashion Award FASH by SDBI.
Kristian Schuller is a New York and Berlin based photographer. Born in Romania, Kristian emigrated with his family at an early age to Germany. He studied fashion design with Vivienne Westwood and photography with the legendary German fashion photographer FC Gundlach at the University of Fine Arts Berlin.
After his initial introduction by editor Isabella Blow to Condé Nast Publications in London, Kristian has continued working internationally with various fashion magazines, commercial clients and on personal projects. He has had photographic exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Krakow, Miami and Hamburg. His published books include 90 Days, One Dream (2010) and Tales for Oskar (2014) and Anton´s Berlin (2020).
Kerstin Strauss is Creative Director at Engelbert Strauss, Europe’s market leader in workwear. She is a creative, driven leader with over fifteen years of retail operations and brand management experience.
In 2018, she founded the Workwear Couture label, which combines workwear with haute couture which has premiered in the likes of Los Angeles and Berlin.
Franco P Tettamanti earned a degree in medicine at the University of Switzerland and worked as an orthopaedic surgery assistant in his native Switzerland, before becoming an award winning photographer. He has studied cinematography and photography in New York, Paris and Zurich. He lives now in Paris where he is a well established photographer in the Parisian Haute Couture Fashion industry and working for clients such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Akris, Vivienne Westwood, Universal Music, Madame Figaro and Prestige Magazine Hong Kong. Tettamanti published his atmospheric pictures in the book “Showtime”.
Carl Tillessen has a University degree in History Of Arts and Economics. For 17 years he had his own fashion brand FIRMA with six brick-and-mortar-stores, an online store and a cosmetics license. Today he is consultant and chief analyst at Geman Fashion Institute and author of SPIEGEL-Bestseller book „KONSUM – WARUM WIR KAUFEN, WAS WIR NICHT BRAUCHEN“.
Niels Holger Wien works as a trend analyst, color expert and designer. He studied fashion design in Halle and Antwerp. After encouraging work experience at Studio Edelkoort Paris, he turned his passion for color and material into a profession and specialized in conceptual trend research. NHW sees himself as a connector of ideas in the DMI Trendboard and currently as President of Intercolor, an independent international trend network, where he with the DMI represents Germany. His zeitgeist analyzes and trend forecasts provide impulses for creatives and developers in the fashion and lifestyle industries.
Mi-Kyong Yeom, Head of Design for Alpha Tauri and Red Bull. She has almost 25 years’ experience in the fashion business as a fashion designer. She has worked across Asia and Europe for various fashion houses, such as Akris and Hugo Boss.