What Happened: The International Fashion Scout (ITS) competition attracts entries from fashion’s newest graduates from around the world. For almost twenty years, it has offered valuable support and mentorship to its finalists, and has, therefore, been well placed to predict shifts in the industry.

This year, of the 23 finalists from 16 countries, seven came from China. These included Kin Yan Lam’s dong cloth from Southern China and Bo Zhang’s melted materials. Chinese designer Syna Chen’s inflatable designs secured her the Press Choice Award. Chen received €5,000 and her work will now join the physical ITS Creative Archive in Trieste, Italy featuring 20,000 items (ranging from portfolios to accessories).

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