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The Gwand festival will organise the Gwand Sustainable Fashion Festival, the first Parisian festival dedicated to sustainable fashion, in collaboration with IFA Paris, the school of fashion and luxury management. The event will take place in Paris from 5 to 9 July 2020, during the Haute Couture Fashion Week.
Among the 22 shortlisted finalists (selected in May 2019 in Milan), 6 to 8 designers will be put forward in spring 2020. The Sustainable Fashion Prize will be awarded to the designer whose work on sustainability, transparency and design has been judged to be the most outstanding.
At the next festival, IFA Paris will present the IFA Paris Professorship Award, worth 77,000 euros. This prize includes a one-year remunerated chair at IFA Paris. The prize also includes access to its Fashion Tech Lab “Foundry”, where, for example, part of the new collection can be planned and developed. The school’s educational offer is also included in what is destined to become a prestigious prize.
Gwand was founded in 1993 by Swiss designer Suzanna Vock. In the years 2000 to 2004, Gwand awarded the fashion prizes (grand prize worth 150’000 euros) to designers who have become world-famous as a result, such as Raf Simons, Benoît Missolin, Lutz Huelle or Haider Ackermann.