And the winners are...
The final gala of the Native project was held on Thursday, July 1 (2021). The gala was conducted as a virtual event, with participants digitally attending from all over Europe. The gala was broadcast from the host city Borås of Sweden, a city that this year celebrates its 400th birthday. In the end Lisa Ivarsson won the jury award and Weng Tzu Chun won the popular vote award.
The Native project, with the Rebelpin Fashion awards, is this year a part of the celebration of ACTE turning 30 as a European motor for innovation within the fashion, textile, shoes and accessory industry. The virtual event was the final gala of the year-long project. An event that in most parts have been a digital project.
Our virtual event was in part a presentation of the ten designers showcasing the nine entries (two of the Native project designers work as a team) collections. After the designer presentations, we announced the winners of the two Native/Rebelpin Fashion Awards. Both the professional jury award and the popular vote award. The professional jury is a panel put together of the mentors that have supported the ten designers during the Native project. The popular vote award was be given to the collection that received the most votes on the ACTE website up until June 30.
Innovative 3D designs
Each designer had the opportunity to present ten outfits, in total 90 outfits was showed at the digital gala. The professional jury scrutinised the participating collections, using eight criteria:
- authenticity and originality
- design concept and quality
- vision and fashion factor
- pattern construction
- creativity and craftsmanship
- potential for commercial production
- overall stylistic concept
- the award theme “3D meets craftmanship”.
In the end Lisa Ivarsson of Sweden was given the professional jury award. An award, with a total prize of €5000, that was announced by the Mayor of Borås, Mr Ulf Olsson. The jury motivation for the award to Lisa reads as follows:
“Rooted in nature, with culture-visionary creations for the future. An innovative, sustainable-balanced and well-integrated collection – ready to meet the market on global scale.”
The popular vote
Mrs Chaira Pucci of “Creative Europé” helped announce the winner of the popular vote award. The voting for the popular vote award was held on the ACTE web site and was concluded June 30. The winner of the Rebelpin Fashion awards popular vote is Weng Tzu Chun, representing Italy. He received the award, and the €2000 prize.