If I told you that for the past 15 years a town in Northern Italy had been hosting some of the world’s most promising fashion designers, would you believe me? No, neither would I, until I discovered the International Talent Support contest that takes place annually in Trieste, a gorgeous harbour town on the Italian and Slovenian border. You may have seen on my Instagram feed the incredible sunsets, delicious gelato and of course the amazing fashion talent, but I want to share more than just 140 characters about my weekend of inspiration, creativity, and the talent I was introduced to as it makes me so happy to work in fashion.
I’m going to share more about this year’s competition next week *deadlines permitting*, including some of my favourite designers, but today I thought I would take you around the jam-packed ITS Creative Archive, which is housing some 16,000 portfolios, 220 outfits, 180 accessories and jewellery pieces, as well as 700 digital photography projects, from more than 80 countries, from the competition’s finalists and winners, which includes some familiar names such as Mark Fast, Haizhen Wang, Aitor Throup, and Michael van der Ham.
ITS Creative Archive – Chiaki Moronaga, 2012 event
There were so many standout pieces in the ITS Creative Archive, I really could have sat for hours flicking through past portfolios, the creativity that went into their ideas was so inspiring, they weren’t just full of sketches, but poems, fabric swatches, materials they wanted to use, basically everything that inspire their collections. For me, Japanese rising star Chiaki Moronaga really stood out, just look at this exquisite gown, you can definitely see that she’s inspired by John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier, there’s a charm, a romantic vibe, as well as the drama, and I bet this was stunning hitting the catwalk.
I was so overwhelmed by the talent, snapping all the beautiful pieces, I didn’t write down every designer that I loved, I know, I’m the worst journalist ever, but when you have a short amount of time you just do what you can, and I felt the video and images would portray the talent better. But what I will do is go through the ITS website and see if I can spot the designers and add them in.