29 January 2013

Winner of 2013 H&M Design Award announced

Today has seen Minju Kim, a 26-year-old student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, announced as the winner of the 2013 H&M Design Award for her BA collection entitled “Dear My Friend”. Minju has won the chance to present her collection with her own show at the Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week, as well as a prize of €50,000, and the opportunity to develop pieces from her collection to be sold in selected H&M stores later this year. The winning designer was chosen by a jury which included fashion designer Jonathan Saunders, editor-at-large Tim Blanks, stylist Leith Clark, photographer Sølve Sundsbø, blogger and photographer Hanneli Mustaparta, fashion journalist Kristopher Arden Houser, H&M’s Creative Advisor Margareta van den Bosch, and H&M’s Head of Design Ann-Sofie Johansson.

“Minju had everything. From the first little detail to the last elaborate outfit, it was incredibly coherent, and with an attitude to life that was so joyous. I just felt good looking at her clothes. You can see how people would really be seduced by Minju’s designs,” commented Tim Blanks, editor-at-large of Style.com.

The recipient of this year’s H&M Design Award People’s Prize has also been announced, with Alba Prat, who studied at Universität der Künste in Berlin, named as the winner. This competition was decided by visitors to the H&M Design Award website, who have been voting for their favourite collection since 16 January. Alba receives a month’s internship at Jonathan Saunders in London.
www.designaward2013.hm.com / @hm

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