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Elsien Gringhuis wins new European fashion award

Emerging fashion designer Elsien Gringhuis, who recently won the HEMA sustainable design competition, has just won the Best Avantgarde Award 2008 as part of the Createurope : The Fashion Academy Award.

By Editor / 23-10-2008

New European fashion talent uncovered.

During a gala ceremony last weekend in Berlin, Createurope : The Fashion Academy Award announced young Dutch fashion designer Elsien Gringhuis as the winner of the Best Avantgarde Award 2008. Gringhuis received €15,000 to develop her career.

This is the first time that the new European fashion design competition for emerging designers and students has been held. Thirty designers in total were nominated, including two other Dutch designers Iris van Herpen and Anneloes Ouwehand. The winners in other categories were Agné Kuzmickaité (Lithuania) for ‘Best Upcoming Designer’, Lisa Uhlenbrock (Germany) for ‘Best Student’ and Natalia Beridze (Georgia) for ‘Audience Favourite’.

It’s been a busy year for Gringhuis who recently finished her studies at Artez Academy of Visual Arts in Arnhem. She was also nominated for the Frans Molenaar Fashion Award 2008 and in September her raincoat was a winner in this year’s HEMA sustainable design competition.

Extra reporting by Kirsten Hartevelt.

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