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H&M Design Award 2012

A New Prize to Help Find the Future of Fashion

EP1: HMDA2012 INTRODUCTION from H&M Design Award on Vimeo.

H&M Design Award 2012

[New York], January 15, 2012 - H&M is proud to announce the inauguration of the H&M Design Award.

It's a new prize that brings together graduates from major design colleges around Europe to encourage their future fashion careers, as well as to inspire the upcoming generations of designers.

Graduates from fourteen colleges in six countries will compete for the prize, with the winning collection being shown at Stockholm's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 1st 2012, along with a prize of €50,000.

H&M Design Award 2012
H&M Design Award 2012
Images courtesy of H&M.
The winner will also get the chance to have chosen pieces from their collection sold in selected H&M stores later in the year.

Started on January 13th, everyone with an interest in fashion can follow the awards process online through a series of films at It will feature behind the scenes footage of the colleges and portraits of the designers, as well as the jury sessions and live streaming of the winner's show on February 1st.

"I'm very excited about the H&M Design Award. It's our first ever prize for new young designers, and it's been such an inspiring experience to meet these talented graduates, to hear the vision behind their collections and to see the final result. With the award I hope we encourage young designers around the world to believe in themselves and their creativity. I can't wait to share the experience with everyone on-line." Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M Head of Design.

For H&M's first ever Design Award, BA graduates from fourteen fashion colleges are competing to become the local winner from their country, who then stand a chance of becoming the overall winner of the global Design Award prize.

H&M Design Award 2012
The participating colleges are Beckman's College of Design, Stockholm and Borås Textilhögskolan, Borås in Sweden; DKDS, Copenhagen and Design Skolen Kolding, Kolding in Denmark; Universität der Kunste UdK, Berlin, University of Pforzheim, Pforzheim and Weissensee, Berlin in Germany; Brighton School of Architecture & Design, Brighton, Central Saint Martins, London and London College of Fashion, London in Great Britain; ArtEZ Institute of Arts, Arnhem and AMFI, Amsterdam in the Netherlands; Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp and La Cambre, Brussels in Belgium.

Along the way, videos and images of the graduates work will be posted online, meaning everyone gets to follow the progress of the award and to see 2012's best new talent from around Europe. H&M's Head of Design, Ann-Sofie Johansson, will blog about the process, and there will also be interviews with judges and glimpses into life at some of the world's most prestigious fashion colleges.

Visitors to the site can also vote for their favourite collection, the winner of which will receive a special People's Prize.

The overall winner of the H&M Design Award 2012 will show their collection at Stockholm's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, fast becoming one of the most important dates on the international fashion calendar.

The H&M Design Award will be an annual prize, confirming H&M's commitment to the future of fashion, and to helping fashion move forward.

To follow the award process online visit

H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) was established in Sweden in 1947 and is synonymous with affordable as well as up-to-date and high quality fashion. H&M has a wide product range that is divided into a number of different concepts for women, men, teenagers and children. The company's clothing collections are created by its own designers, pattern makers and buyers. H&M has more than 87,000 employees and approximately 2,500 stores in 43 markets, including franchise markets. For further information visit





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