Last week, the Belgian Fashion Awards announced the winners of their 2022 edition, including Belgian Graduate of the Year and Belgian Emerging Talent of the Year.
Young designer Sebastian van Canneyt, who obtained his master’s degree at the KASK art school in Ghent earlier this year, was named graduate of the year.
“We were all taken with Sebastian’s conceptual work, the twist of his art installation from his graduation collection, and his ironic, clever design and use of language,” said jury chair Venya. Brykalin, in a statement.
Florentina Leitner, alumnus of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and the Fashion Institute in Vienna, won the Emerging Talent of the Year award. She was praised by the jury for her vision of style, her desire to work sustainably and the way she uses upcycling in her collections.
In addition to the title, Leitner will receive a cash prize of 5,000 euros and the Brussels Fashion and Lace Museum will purchase one of his silhouettes for its collection.
In addition to Emerging Talent of the Year and Most Promising Graduate, the awards for Designer of the Year, Professional of the Year, Changemaker of the Year, Brand of the Year and of the UPR prize were also awarded.
Other notable winners of the Belgian Fashion Awards 2022
Stefanie D’heygere who won the 2022 Jury Prize. The jewelry designer received the Jury Prize because, according to the jury, she has “succeeded in building an inclusive community around her and her brand”.
“We consistently prefer quality over quantity,” said one of the awards organizers, Flanders DC, in a press release. Stefanie D’heygere creates gender-neutral designs described as surreal and “typically Belgian”.
Glenn Martens walked away with the title of Designer of the Year. This is the second time he has won the title at the Belgian Fashion Awards – he also won the Designer of the Year award in 2018.
“Glenn Martens is impressive,” said the jury. “His talent and his sphere of influence are just as impressive. With Diesel, Y/Project and his haute-couture collection for Jean-Paul Gaultier, he does everything and he does it well.
Designers Ester Manas and Balthazar Delepierre received the title Changemaker of the Year at the award ceremony in Brussels. The duo are jointly responsible for the clothing brand Ester Manas.
“Ester Manas is the perfect example of how a young independent label can be a real driver of change. The voice of Ester Manas and Balthazar Delepierre is relevant, powerful, radical and uncompromising, specifies the jury in its report.
“Their influence is undeniable, they managed to push the boundaries of the fashion industry,” they concluded.
Finally, the winners of the brand of the year and the UPR award. Xandres won the audience award for Brand of the Year. The UPR Prize was awarded to the brand Rosie Antwerp.
Thanks to this award, the label can count on the professional support of the public relations and communication agency UPR for one year.
Overall, many trends of inclusivity and sustainability can be found among the winners. Since 2017, the Belgian Fashion Awards have been organized by Flanders DC, Mad Brussels, Wallonie Bruxelles Design Mode and Weekend Knack / Le Vif Weekend.
The awards aim to highlight the creativity and diversity of Belgian fashion, both nationally and internationally.
This article originally appeared on FashionUnited.BE and was translated and edited in English by Veerle Versteeg.