“Creativity is moving to the East”. These are the words of Matteo Marzotto, president of Mittelmoda. And the winner of Lineapelle’s Italian Leather Award proves it. The competition for students saw its final act on September 19, at Micam. Here, the 24 collections, representing 13 countries, competed for the eleven prizes up for grabs. Including the prize from Lineapelle. “A competition at the service of fashion and its supply chain, which is sometimes undervalued despite its 28 years of history,” said Marzotto. Luca de Prà from IED Milan won the overall first prize.
The International Lab of Mittelmoda is organised by Confindustria Moda and Fondazione del Tessile Italiano. They do this together with Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and with the support of Lectra and Asahi Kasei. “We involved about 700 schools. There was an initial skimming to 100, until we arrived to the 24 finalists,” Marzotto said about a contest that values figures such as stylists, pattern makers and product managers. “Over the years, we have seen that creativity is moving towards the East of Europe and the world. This year, we have two Finns and three Chinese”.
The “Innovation” prize of Confindustria Moda and Fondazione del Tessile Italiano was won by Luca de Prà, from IED Milan. The same student also won the special “Pattern Maker Award” from Lectra. The “Creativity” award (from CNMI) went to Thomas Clement, from Central Saint Martins in London. Also among the special prizes was Lineapelle’s “Italian Leather: a world of creativity and sustainability award”. It was won by the Chinese Yonglin Xue (Accademia Costume & Moda di Roma). Her collection is inspired by origami. The designer divided the “whole” into several “parts” and, after stitching them together, formed several zigzag spaces to present the visual effect of origami. The influence of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer is reflected in her work. The shoes and leather bags were made with a series of curves reflecting the woman’s strength of spirit and elegance.
Photo: left, de Prà’s award ceremony; right, Yonglin Xue’s models