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Fashion Fringe semi-finalists named

Young designers Cornel Bolt, Vita Gottlieb and Haizhen Wang are among the ten Fashion Fringe 2012 award semi-finalists.

Fashion Fringe’s 2012 chair Christopher Bailey and chief creative officer of Burberry selected the semi-finalists for the event, which gives up-and-coming designers the chance of showing at London Fashion Week.

The ten 2012 Fashion Fringe semi-finalists are:

  1. Cornel Bolt (Cornel Bolt)
  2. Dobrowolski Af Rosenborg (Heta Dobrowolski & Caroline af Rosenborg)
  3. Dejan (Dejan Agatonovic)
  4. Fischer (Nadine Fischer)
  5. Haizhen Wang (Haizhen Wang)
  6. Miyoko Kamijo (Miyoko Kamijo)
  7. Raffaele Ascione (Raffaele Ascione)
  8. Shu Ting Wang (Shuting Wang)
  9. Teija (Teija Eilola)
  10. Vita Gottlieb (Vita Gottlieb)

Applicants submitted sketches of their proposed collections complete with fabric swatches, full production costings and an application form that detailed their fashion inspirations and approach to starting a legitimate fashion business.

Bailey then selected 10 designers to go through to the next round of the process.

“It has been truly inspiring to review the work of these incredibly bright and creative entrants – each and every one of them with such a strong expression and point of view,” said Bailey.

“The submissions that we have seen today reinforce the amazing talent, energy and creativity that run through the UK and I am so proud to be able to help nurture the next generation of visionaries who will be shaping the world of design in the future.”

The next stage of the process is a day of technical assessment and a board interview with Christopher Bailey and Fashion Fringe founder Colin McDowell. Three finalists will then be announced at a reception on May 22.

These three designers will work throughout the summer in the Fashion Fringe studio space at the London College of Fashion, creating their capsule collections to be presented at London Fashion Week in September – supported throughout by Fashion Fringe’s mentoring programme.

At the final catwalk show in September, one designer will be selected by Christopher Bailey as the overall winner and will receive a two-year development package to set up and sustain their business, which includes a mixture of financial support, business advice, mentoring and a fully equipped studio at Somerset House. 


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