Young designers in Paris 1990: Concours international des jeunes créateurs de mode

Exhibition of student works from Aalto University Archives at Harald Herlin Learning Centre, VRC, 1.-28.10.2019

Concours international des jeunes créateurs de mode 1990. Aalto University Archives. All rights reserved.

The international young designers competition in Paris had over 10 000 drawing submissions in 1990. Only 125 outfits were selected for entering the competition. The jury included top designers and representatives of the international press including Kenzo, Sonia Rykiel and Paco Rabanne. The jury selected the best designs from each country; from Finland’s University of Art and Design the winner was Anu Ratia’s organza outfit displayed in the exhibition video and original drawings.

Anu Ratia: Yachting. Jacket, shorts Materials: thai silk, silk organza. Concours international des jeunes créateurs de mode 1990. Aalto University Archives. All rights reserved.

The images, drawings and competition show video are from the Aalto University Archive’s collection. The theme of the competition was to create an outfit that would reflect the « national spirit of the country ». The outfit would be used by a public figure that is an artistic, brave woman who is participating a sporting event held at the capital of the country at 3 pm.

The sponsor and main organiser of the competition was Air France.

The Archives hold a collection of fashion designs and competition outfits that can be explored in Aalto-Finna.

Sirpa Ryynänen: L’eau et la Roche. Concours International des Jeunes Createurs de Mode 1990. Aalto University Archives. All rights reserved.

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