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Megan Stein Received the Fashion Grand Prize at "Arts of Fashion 2005"

The U.S. upcoming fashion designers surprised the Paris Fashion judges at the International Competition for Young Fashion Designers on December 15, 2005.

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A model wearing Megan Stein's winning design. © Fashion Trendsetter.

December 17, 2005 - For the first time in the history of this competition, the United States with Fashion student Megan Stein, from Drexel University - Philadelphia, received the Fashion Grand Prize in Paris at the 23rd edition of the International Competition for Young Fashion Designers!


After winning the national Competition, Arts of Fashion, which took place in San Francisco, with 43 different Schools and Universities, and with an extraordinary jury presided by fashion icon Jean-Charles de Castelbajac on November 11-12, Stein's made the news again, this time in Paris. Her creative, elegant and beautifully constructed outfit was the number one choice of the international competition. The theme Art and Fashion and Industry, was perfectly illustrated through her futuristic garment.

Megan Stein brought back from Paris the Fashion Grand Prize, 3,000 euros scholarship, a round-trip ticket for a long distance flight with Air France, a one-year scholarship for the Schools of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, a sewing and embroidering machine PFAFF creative (value $6000). Inessah Selditz from University of North Texas - Denton won the Incentive Prize in the Accessories categories with her glamorous, long origami red gloves! and450 euros.

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It is a victory for the Arts of Fashion Foundation which has been the sponsor with PFAFF since the revival of this competition 4 years ago in the United States. Created in 1982 in Japan thanks to Air France, this competition which has been taking since 1983 an international aspect with the participation of the Federation Francaise de la Couture, du Pret a Porter des Couturiers et des Createurs de Mode celebrates this year its 23rd anniversary. This international Fashion design student contest is the most famous and prestigious one.

Each year, each country is represented by its 10 fashion finalists and its 5 finalists in the accessories category in Paris at the prestigious Carrousel du Louvre. 17 countries take part this year! and 800 people, mostly young students and professors from Schools and Universities came to support their finalists.

Among the new members of the jury 2005 in Paris, Maria Luisa Poumaillou (owner of the upstream Maria luisa designer wear boutique), Peggy Huynh Kinh (designer behind Cartier but also Balmain Celine and Patou) and Adam Jones (Britain's rising fashion designer who presented recently in Haute Couture) offered their expertise! At the initiative of Didier Grumbach, President of the Federation of Couture, a conference took place on December 14, 2005 between the Academic representatives of the participating schools to debate the following theme: the Challenge facing Fashion Industry training. The subtle balance between Art and Industry. It was the perfect opportunity to meet and exchange opinions about Fashion and Education.

The theme 2006 has been revealed : Fashion - the way to express the body and the mind / La mode - un moyen d'expression du corps et de lā'esprit.

For more information:
Arts of Fashion 2005 Enlivens S.F. Fashion World
http://www.arts-of-fashion.org
http://www.af-competition.com


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