One of the most outstanding events that’s been held by Aegean Apparel Exporters’ Association (EHKİB) is the “Fashion Design Contest.” The aims of the contest are to contribute the “designing culture” in terms of apparel in local and national dimension, support the design works of exporting firms, encourage the companies to collaborate more with designers and thus to improve the global competitive capacity of Turkish apparel sector. First event took place in 2005 and EHKİB held the 12th Fashion Design Contest this year with a wonderful final fashion parade in Ancient Yeşilova Mound in İzmir with 400 distinguished guests on May 5th, 2017.
Today’s well-known designers such as Emre Erdemoğlu and Merve Uçar are former winners of EHKİB Fashion Design Contest.
Theme of the contest this year was “Re-FORM” following the themes of previous years as Renaissance/Awakening, Carnival, Migration, Manipulation, Secret and Existence. Designers winning the first three degrees are given a fellowship by Turkish Ministry of Economy for studying abroad as well as monetary award.
Preparations for next year’s Fashion Design Contest will start in following months. 13th EHKİB Fashion Design Contest will perpetuate supporting the young designers, bringing them into fashion business and providing them a chance to become an international designer as well as creating a suitable ground for future academics-industry cooperation.
FORMER WINNERS OF EHKİB FASHION DESIGN CONTEST
Nuray Atalayman, Emel Gözde Becerikli, Zuhal Tekin Kiliç, Deniz Damla Bayraktar, Nilgün Hepyalçin, Mevlie Cesur, Gözde Karasoy, Talha Feyyaz Türker, Övünç Baydemir, Havva Ağu, Orkun Sevim, Emre Pakel.