The winners of the KOZA Young Fashion Designers Competition, which has been helping young designers launch their careers in the Turkish fashion industry and providing significant contribution to the sustainability of this strong industry, were announced in the grand finale event, with Mehmet Emiroğlu, BaşakKoç and Nazlıcan Karahan’ making to the top three.
Organized by Istanbul Ready-Made Garment and Apparel Exporters’ Association (IHKIB) with the support of the Ministry of Economy, the competition, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, once again introduced young talents to the Turkish fashion industry. After deliberation, the jury composed of leading figures of the industry announced the top three winners from ten finalists. Mehmet Emiroğlu won the competition with his collection ‘Nihavend’ followed by BaşakKoç in second place with her collection ‘Cymatics, and Nazlıcan Karahan in third with her collection ‘Sınırlar/Borders’.
The competition’s winner will be awarded TL 20,000 in cash plus the opportunity to study abroad for a year with the support of the Ministry of Economy. With TL 15,000 and TL 10,000 awarded to second and third place holders, respectively. All finalists will be entitled to one year of free membership to Fashion Designers Association, and free participation in the Fashion Design and Management Graduate Programme at IMA, along with an opportunity to visit an international fashion fair.