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Northern Young Designer Award 2006

Northern Young Designer Award 2006

Nopniwat Krailerg
On September 23 the Empress Hotel hosted the “Northern Young Designer Award 2006” contest, organised by the Federation for Chiang Mai Industry. The fashion show featured designs from candidates aged between 18 and 30 living in Thailand’s northern region. This year’s contest was based around the concept of “Prét â Porter Spring – Summer 2007” and featured designs made from locally woven cloth and cotton.

The winner of the “Japanese Trendy” section.

The event, which is part of the “Chiang Mai Fashion City” project, was opened by Chiang Mai governor, Suwat Tantipat, and attended by Chao Duangduan Na Chiang Mai, Ornadda Tantipat and Katsuhiro Shinohara, Consul of Japan to Chiang Mai, along with 200 members of the public. The contest was judged by fashion industry experts and divided into three sections.
In the “European Trendy” section there were 12 collections from candidates. The winner was Suphatra Chompoo, a junior student of the Faculty of Textile Design, Rajamongkol University of Technology Lanna. The second place winner was Nitisorn Sa-yan from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, and the in third place was Peeraphat Mahasingh, a junior student from Srithana Commercial College.
In the “Japanese Trendy” section there were 9 collections from candidates. The winner was Theeradej Nuanka with “Passion Collection”. The runners-up were Noraphat Naphathanachote, a freshman from the Thai Fine-Arts College, Chiang Mai, and Aphiphop Laohacharoenyos.
In the “Thailand Trendy” section there were 15 collections from candidates. The winner was “Flower Field Collection” from Thanakarn Phansuk, a professional designer. The runners-up were Kittiyawadee Sondhikhun and Thanya Thipjaipha, both students from Rajamongkol University of Technology Lanna. The winners from each section received 30,000 baht and are to represent the northern region at the “Bangkok International Fashion Fair” (BIFF) in Bangkok soon.
Siriporn Tantipong, the event president, said that this contest was to promote new-generation designers who were able to create fashions by using locally produced cloth and cotton, creating a fusion of Western and Eastern cultures. The show also gave designers the opportunity to test their designs against market trends.

Members of the audience at the Northern Young Designer Award 2006.