H&M has unveiled the eight finalists of its 2013 Design Award. The finalists were selected by an H&M jury led by Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M's Head of Design. The winner will receive a prize of EUR50,000, and the chance to show his or her collection at Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week on January 29. The winner will also develop selected pieces from his or her collection to be sold in selected H&M stores this autumn.
"I'm so excited by the finalists of this year's H&M Design Award. The standard of entry was so high, with such creativity, energy and attitude," commented Johansson. "We started the H&M Design Award to help move fashion forward, and to celebrate and support graduates as they begin their careers. I can't wait to see what all of our finalists will do in the future."
31-year-old Alba from Barcelona has lived in Berlin for seven years, where she studied at the Universitat der Kunste. Her collection "syn chron" uses the visualisation of sound phenomena, basing her prints on two different visualised recordings of her own heartbeat.
Daniela Salazar Rodriguez
Originally from Venezuela, 27-year-old Daniela Salazar Rodriguez has studied in Paris since 2007. Her collection, designed at L'Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, mixes architectural modernity with Japanese and Korean historical costume.
Eleonora Bruno, who studied at Polimoda in her native Florence, is a 25-year-old who has expanded her work beyond hats to include full looks. Her collection, "Le Vie De Madame Roy", creates imagined outfits for a woman in Paris.
Stockholm native 26-year-old Erik Litzen, who studied at the city's Beckmans College of Design, is interested in plays with gender. His collection, "P-Androgeny", uses draping and volume to create tailoring that goes beyond the normal bounds of menswear.
Maia Bergman, a 24-year-old born in Buenos Aires but now based in London, studied for her BA at Central Saint Martins. For her collection, she took simple, wearable silhouettes, and created contrast by decorating them with intricate embellishment.
Mark Kenly Domino Tan
Mark Tan, a 26-year-old from Ry studied at DSKD in Kolding. His collection looks at the relationship between the body and wood, foam and plaster. Mark first made films, then translated these visual movements, shapes and colours into his high-tech collection.
26-year-old Minju Kim is originally from South Korea, and is now in her master's degree year at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Minju's collection is inspired by Manga, based on sketches of her friends transformed into fantastical creatures.
Thom Barends is a 23-year-old from Amsterdam, who studied at ArtEz in Arnhem. His collection looks at present day society, and imagines a woman who ends up on the streets with nothing but her mother's '80s clothing.