Last Week Exciting Read-athon
Modeconnect team spent most of last week reviewing the hundreds of entries for its International Fashion Writing Competition and late in the day, on Friday February 28, e-mail the candidates to inform them whether they had made it to Round 2.
The sated judging criteria for Round 1 were “overall quality of writing, relevance of the subject, critical skill, ability to engage the reader, quality of research, insight and knowledge of industry, design and manufacturing processes.” We were spoilt for choice.
Entries came from 22 countries including Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, El Salvador, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States. The candidates’ birth dates were regularly spread between December 30, 1995 and May 1, 1986!
The age of the candidates was in no way correlated to the quality of their entry. Everyone wrote with an evident passion. Among the three subjects allowed for Round 1 – social issues that could be addressed by fashion; opportunities and challenges faced by a sector of the fashion industry; and a body of work by an emerging fashion designer – the first one was a clear favourite.
The candidates who have made it to Round 2 are now well placed to win one of the coveted Prizes offered in partnership with The Woolmark Company, Polly King and Co and Laurence King Publishing. To do so they have to submit a piece of creative writing centred on Wool. While they are hard at work we’ll have the pleasure to publish, and you to read their entry for Round 1. Before we do so join us in congratulating them!
In the 18 to 21 category: Chloe Murphy from Kettering, UK; Emily Lyhne-Gold from London, UK; Emily Nearn from London, UK; Emily St John from Sydney, Australia; Emma Larsson from MULLSJÃ, Sweden; Heena Rathor from Kolkata, India; Katie Booth from Shropshire, UK; Lauren Parish from Plymouth, UK; Lauren Sharkey from Longfield, UK; Layla Jones from Hanover, USA; Modupe Oloruntoba from Cape Town, SA; Nandini Sahay from Mumbai, India; Oliver Korinek from London, UK.
In the 22 to 27 category: Agata Murasko from Vilnius, Lithuania; Christobel Amelia Hastings from Norwich, UK; Cynthia Nwaru from Lagos, Nigeria; Darren Millard from Porth, UK; Eleanor Snare from Leeds, UK; Faith Robinson from Grimsby, UK; Jennifer Martin from Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK; Jess Molina from Hamilton, New Zealand; Johann Huebsch from Port Elizabeth, SA; Kati Chitrakorn from Bangkok, UK; Kshipra Singh from INDORE, India; Maeve Croghan from Oxford, UK; Marta Franceschini from Treviso, Italy; Megan Narsing from Regina, Canada; Minh Phuong from Kent, USA; Morgan Mullin from Trout Brook, Canada; Nina Balstrup from Århus, Denmark; Pooja Gupta from Rochester, UK; Rachael Cooney from Oxford, UK; Rosi Muller from Berlin, Germany; Sophie Joy Wright from Sydney, Australia; Stavroula Kolatsis from Johannesburg, SA; Viktorija Valskyte from Gargzdai, UK.