Sunday, May 9, 2010


ITS stands for International Talent Support and is a platform for creative minds with the mission to give visibility, support and a voice to young talent from all over the world. ITS is organised by EVE in collaboration with Diesel and YKK and reached it's ninth edition this year which is comprised of the following 3 competitions: ITS#FASHION - an established fashion competition for final year students of fashion design schools and young designers giving students and designers exposure and the opportunity for job offers, ITS#ACCESSOIRES - a contest dedicated to all types of accessories - and ITS#PHOTO - a photo competition that will involve some of the best photography schools as well as up-and-coming photography talents from all around the world. The finalists for ITS#NINE have been chosen on April 15 and 16 in the EVE headquarters by an international jury made up of professionals and insiders that viewed hundreds of projects that arrived from 80 countries. 12 projects have been chosen for ITS#FASHION and 10 for ITS#ACCESSORIES and the finalists will meet in Trieste, Italy, for the finals on 16 and 17 July 2010. Among other well-known personalities of the fashion scene, Bruno Collin, the recently appointed artistic director of Diesel, and designer duo Viktor & Rolf will be part of the fashion jury. One of the many prizes that will be given away is the Diesel Award whose winner will be selected by Renzo Rosso, founder and president of Diesel who has supported ITS from the very beginning on. The Diesel Award consists of a cash prize of € 25.000 and a 6-month internship within the Diesel Creative Team.
One of this years 12 ITS#FASHION finalists is German fashion designer Michael Kampe who attends Hogeschool Antwerp in Belgium. Here's a short interview with him I received and thought I'll share with you:

Q:What did you think when you found out you had been selected as a finalist?

Michael: Thinking is difficult to say it was more feeling and that was overwhelming!

When I became really interested in fashion just 5 years ago, I heard from ITS as well, but at that time it seemed like another planet for me. A place I could never be, but that changed for good.

Q:Plans for the future?

Michael: I would like to do my MA in Antwerp as well and afterwards find internships in the sector of Denim/Urban/Street/ Sportswear. I will chose a company that understands my joy in working around determined characters that seek adventure and challenges in their everyday life.

Q:Plans until July?

Michael: Finishing my BA Collection. Just before ITS a week to Berlin to relax with friends as the calm before the storm.

Q:Describe your collection in few words.

Michael: For my collection I was inspired by exploded view drawings and blueprints of engineers.

I dealt with the topic Explosion, exploded pattern, cut, material, silhouet etc in different ways, ranging from a graphical to an abstract, sculptural approach. Further I was influenced by many artists such as Naoya Hatakeyama, E.V. Day, Lucy McRae and for the development of shapes Florian Baudrexel and Lebbeus Woods.

Besides the very artistic pieces I did not want to lose the connection to fresh, more wearable, urbanwear, because especially in menswear this is essential in my eyes and is also what I enjoy the most.

The use of denim is very important for me because it perfectly represents the strong characters I want to show. Besides the various sorts of denim that range from 7oz to almost 13oz and different treatments and patterns/ fits, I experimented a lot with mixing all sorts of fabrics together, such as foam covered with digitally printed satin, patchworked handbag-leather from scraps,Linen, Knit, Jersey,ultralight nylons..

Q:What will you be putting in your suitcase for ITS#NINE?

Michael: Besides my collection there will be not much space due it`s size. I will keep it plain and simple when it comes to packing.

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