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