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Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest 2009
Nineteen Finalists Look to 32nd Annual Fashion Awards for Career Kick-Start

12 December 2008 - The 32nd Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers' Contest (YDC) will be held 12 January 2009, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). About 200 entries were submitted for the contest, with 19 finalists showing their collections before a panel of judges today.

Four Awards will be presented at the contest: Overall Winner; Casual and Jeans Wear Group Winner; Contemporary Day Wear Group Winner; and Party and Evening Wear Group Winner. The judges will focus on creativity, marketability, workmanship, fabric suitability and overall appeal.

Presiding over the high-profile judging panel is Vincent Fang, Chairman of the HKTDC's Garment Advisory Committee. To help raise the contest's profile internationally, the organiser has included two fashion-world stars as this year's VIP judges: Ennio Capasa, Head of Design at CoSTUME NATIONAL, and Japanese designer Keita Maruyama.

Italian designer Ennio Capasa studied for years in Japan after graduating from Belle Arti Academy. His collection defines inimitable style: essential and sophisticated, intellectual and creative.

Starting his design career as a costume designer for musicians and actresses, Keita Maruyama released his debut collection in Tokyo in 1995 and, later, in Paris. His style is subdued and simple with classical flair and floral prints that feature the seasons.

Other panel members include: Anthony Keung, President and CEO, Fenix Group Holdings Ltd; Deborah Cheng, Marketing and Communications Director, IT Ltd; Kwong Lung-kit, Editor-in-chief, Men's Uno; Lulu Cheung, Fashion Designer; Ning Lau, Head of Marketing and Communications, Joyce Boutique Holdings Ltd; and Sarah Ruston, Fashion Designer, Lane Crawford.

Apart from the 19 finalists, the designs of five former YDC winners will be featured under a "Symphony of Nature" theme. The five YDC alumni are: Coney Ku, Sherry Kwok, Michael Lau, Kevin Ng and Baldwin Pui.

The YDC provides a spotlight for Hong Kong young designers, while bringing a variety of design talent together, including photographers Lewis Ho and Gary Mui, graphic designer Calvin Ho (Atomic Attack), video producer Tak Hung, fashion show producer I-DNA, and the trophy and judges' mementos' designer Wong Kwok Chung.

Hong Kong Young Designers' Contest 2009
Casual & Jeans-wear Group
Energy Released
Wan Ming Yan, Renus
Generation Nomad
Wong Wing Sze, Agnes
Chow Man Ki, Dorothy
Be Fabulous On The Street
Leung Wing Man, Queenie
Street Diviner
Wong Yu Ming, Phoebe
Simulative Life
Chan Tze Keung, Michael
Contemporary Day-wear Group
Mak Ngar Tuen, Prudence
Light Through Lens
Lam Yeuk Hei, Alice
Rely On!
Luk King Hei
Life As A Nomad
Tung Sin Man, Ronnie
Futuristic Mist
Ho Pui Yan, Daphney
Yip Lai Yin, Ivan
Somewhere Pressed For
Chu Shuk Yan, Yen
Party & Evening-wear
Knot Theory
Wong Wai Ming, Summer
Chan Kwok Sum, Ferrundo
Hidden Beauty
Chan Wai Yee, Jennifer
A Present From The Past
Lee Ka Yan, Stevie
Modern Shanghai Lady
Ng Yuen Yi, Gerr
The Moribund Corouis
Leung Wing Sum, Sumbei

Media enquiries
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Victor George Paddy       Tel: (852) 2584 4517     Email: victor.paddy@tdc.org.hk

About the HKTDC
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