March 07, 2018

Emerging design breaks records in Bilbao

The sixth edition doubles the number of participants: 1,673 entries from 90 countries 

In the sixth edition of its international fashion design competition, BIAAF (Bilbao International Art & Fashion) has broken all possible records and has become a European reference for emerging design with 1673 entries from 90 countries. All of them have presented creations inspired by the art world.

Among the aspiring winners - € 25,000 in prizes - there are students from the 10 best schools in the world: Central Saint Martins, Parsons, London College of Fashion, Shenkar, Fashion Institute of Technology, Polimoda or Istituto Marangoni. The jury, composed of Miriam Ocáriz, Mercedes of Miguel Garbiñe Urdampilleta, Juana Ruiz, Javier Barroeta, Gabriel Azkoitia, Javier de Juana and Elisa Palomino, has selected the 30 finalists of this edition at AzkunaZentroa (Bilbao):

Category A: Outfit

Sheila Pazos Silva (España), Kato Daichi (Japón), Giorgio Paolino (Italia), Doyi Park (Corea del Sur), Ryota Sakai (Japón), Eneko Iturbe Balzola (España), Gabriela Grajales Giraldo (Colombia), Marta Arribas de la Maza (España), Fernando Luján (México), Lia Fattal (Israel), Hadar Shevach (Israel), Astrid Goossens (Bélgica), Betitxe Saitva Estebanez (España), Wouter Verstraete (Bélgica), Suzuho Nakamori (Japón), Asami Kawabata (Japón), Andrés Jarabo Moreno (España), Denise Graus (España), Antonio López Sobrino (España), Sarah Ama Duah (Alemania), Henry Arturo Tzab Viana (México), Ismael Parrilla Ríos (España), Yulia Pakealina (Rusia), Usune Bravo (España) and Ririka Nakamura (Japón).

Category B (Accesories):

Sheila Pazos Silva (España), Junichi Sugiura (Reino Unido), Ilvaro Maestre Saiz (España), Oriol Pujol Mirii (España), Takafumi Arai (Japón) and Ainur Amangeldiyeva (Kazajistán).

Next May 18, an international jury will choose, from among the finalists, the winners of the category of best garment design, best design of accessories and best Basque designer / a.On June 13, BIAAF will organize the delivery of awards at AzkunaZentroa, where young designers will be protagonists and attended by industry professionals and prominent personalities of culture and design. The winning and finalist works will be exhibited at an exhibition designed by the architectural studio Zorrozua y Asociados in AzkunaZentroa from June 13. 


BIAAF is a platform dedicated to discover, support and launch emerging fashion designers from around the world that demonstrate in their creations high doses of talent, innovation and creativity. With the vocation of discovering local talent and attracting international talent, BIAAF aspires to be a tractor of creative companies in Bizkaia and the city of Bilbao becomes a fashion launch platform created by emerging designers, so that these young professionals can use design as a way to achieve sustainable economic development.

After 12 years of experience, BIAAF has managed to adapt to the needs of emerging fashion designers, offering them scholarship, forums, masterclass and visibility programs through their competition.BIAAF deployed from the beginning an unprecedented international strategy visiting countries such as Japan, Israel, the United States and South America, among others, strengthening in each edition its strategic alliances in the field of education, culture and business. Also, BIAAF will champion the SDGs - Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations - in the field of emerging design thanks to the actions promoted in areas such as social and environmental sustainability.