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Wilson Yip and Enzo Chan awarded at the 2019 Young Fashion Designers’ Contest

What a rewarding evening on 9 Sept 2019! One alumnus and one student bagged four awards with their creativity at the 2019 Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest (YDC), one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the region.

The champion and also the ITC alumnus Wilson Yip (BA, 2015), received a cash prize of HK$35,000 and a one-month internship at Mihara Yasuhiro, sponsored by Sun Hing Knitting Factory Ltd. VIP Judge Mr Mihara Yasuhiro had particular praise for this winning piece, “managed to paint fashion over the backdrop of everyday life, using elements of daily wear and injecting them with novelty and creativity”.

His whimsical collection, titled “Forgetful Still”, also brought him the second award, the Best Footwear Design Award. He received a cash prize of HK$10,000 and a collaboration with i.t apparels Ltd to develop an accessory collection to be sold at selected shops under the i.t Group.

On receiving the two prizes, he said “I put all of myself into this work and I am glad to be able to share it with tonight’s guests.”

Wilson has created a collection that addresses his own forgetfulness, which he refers to as an aesthetic of absentmindedness, and the structure of the clothing has been redesigned down to the smallest details.

“Forgetful Still” by Wilson Yip, Champion and winner of Best Footwear Design Award

BA final year student Enzo Chan, majored in Knitwear Design and Technology, won the 2nd Runner-up and the New Talent Award. He received a total of HK$30,000, a trip to visit Tomorrow Showroom in London offered by FASHIONALLY and mentorship offered by JOYCE Boutique to develop a capsule collection to be sold at one of the JOYCE outlets.

Enzo said: “The YDC is such a prestigious award and I am thrilled at receiving two prizes. I spent an entire year preparing for this and it’s completely beyond my expectations to receive these awards.”

Enzo Chan was born in 1996, and this menswear collection is filled with memories that symbolise his life journey so far. Personal photographs with friends and family are digitally enhanced and turned into embroidery on T-shirts and jackets, and loaded with details both inside and out.

“SINCE 1996” by Enzo Chan. 2nd Runner-up and winner of New Talent Award

Among 16 finalists, three other alumni, including Andy Chiu (BA, 2012), Lion Tsz (BA, 2016) and Hannah Wong (BA final year student), were shortlisted as finalists at 2019 YDC.