AFC U-18 contest and exhibition held for junior high and high school students who aspire to become designers
PARCO supports the “Asia Fashion Collection” (AFC), a project to discover and incubate young designers with the aim of further developing the Asian fashion industry. AFC has extended the recruitment space for the AFC High School Contest, a fashion contest held last year exclusively for high school students, to junior high school students and held it as AFC U-18 this year.
To enable the five contestants who made it through to the second round of judging to complete their work for the final round in March 2019 with confidence, even if they were inexperienced, they were given support from specialist staff, such as provision of materials and advice on selection of materials, and technical instruction on patterns and sewing.
The final round of judging was carried out by leading stylists in the industry, who style for numerous celebrities.
The Grand Prize was awarded to Toko Kamimura, with two runner-up prizes awarded to Risa Ochiai and Nene Sogo.
Their work was exhibited at Ikebukuro PARCO Museum in April.