Ten years of International Talent Support
Tine De Ruysser
ITS, the international platform conceived by Barbara Franchin and her staff to give support and visibility to the talents hailing from all corners of the world, celebrates this year an important anniversary, a decennial that intends to leave a mark, besides looking back and taking stock of the situation and of past activity.
The number of applications is truly remarkable this year, reaching almost 1,200. Also the quantity of countries sending in portfolios has increased to 87. The number of competition areas has also grown, having actually doubled: alongside ITS#FASHION and ITS#ACCESSORIES, photography has made a comeback with ITS#PHOTO and a brand new area dedicated to jewelry has been created, called ITS#JEWELRY.
ITS#TEN finalists have been selected at the end of April and their geographical origin mirrors the markedly international quality of ITS: Romania, South Korea, Finland, Holland, Israeli, Thailand, India, China, to name only a few of the countries represented.
The finals are scheduled for July 15th and 16th in Trieste and will surely hold numerous pleasant surprises for the guests (international press, buyers, heads of style departments...); among them, also a jury worthy of such a remarkable anniversary:Viktor & Rolf, Antonio Berardi, editors Hilary Alexander and Giusi Ferrè are among the names confirmed to date. Also attending Renzo Rosso , president founder of DIESEL, the historic partner that has believed and sustained ITS since the very first edition.