Danish design student Louisa wins prize in international design competition

Remix, the international fashion and fur competition organized by The International Fur Federation (IFF), took place last Thursday, where the Danish designer Louisa Øgaard Reinholt Jakobsen took home a trophy for her fur designs using seal.


This year's final in the international fashion and fur competition, Remix, took place on 3 March in Teatri Vetra in Milan. Remix is The International Fur Federation's yearly design competition, in which 1.000 design students from more than 25 countries participate.

And this year a Dane won a prize. For the first time in Remix' history there was a people's choice award. The judges agree on first, second and third prizes, but the people's choice award is given by the audience who vote and they voted for Louisa Øgaard Reinholt Jakobsen.

- It was so great to participate. It has been an educational experience and everything went so smooth, everyone has been so nice, says the young designer.

She used seal skin in her three styles. One was a dress in red, blue, pink and white lambskin, the second one was a dress exclusively in seal skin in the colours nature, black and blue and the last one was a cape in light wool and seal skin in the colours green, blue, eggplant and nature. The three styles all have their origin in Louisa Reinholt's textile collection from Design School Kolding.

The people's choice award came as a surprise

Louisa was quite surprised about winning an award:
- We did not even know there was this award, so it really came as a surprise. I am much honoured that  people want to wear what I make.

Louisa Reinholt still cannot really comprehend winning the people's choice award, and she thinks it is a good way to show her styles.

-I am quite open about what is going to happen in the future. Right now I am applying for jobs and of course I want this to be in my portfolio, but taking it one day at a time, says Louisa Reinholt Øgaard Jakobsen.

The winner was from Israel

Twelve students were in the finals and the winner was Daniel Kohavi from Israel. He had created three styles, all of which impressed the judges. One of the styles included "angel wings". Daniel Kohavi recently finished his internship for the Israeli designer Lee Grebenau and is studying at the Shenkar College.

Ali Koc from Turkey came in second with his psychedelic styles, and the third place went to Edda Gimnes from the UK who used mink in black and white. She recently graduated in womenswear from London College of Fashion.

Former finalists have been prominent names as Astrid Andersen who is internationally recognized for her hiphop inspired menswear, Nicolas Martin Garcia who designs menswear for Dolce & Gabanna, and Thom Barends who is now product designer for Haider Ackermann.