March 11, 2020

These are the finalists of the VII edition of our international competition

The jury selects the finalists from more than 1,200 designers from 90 countries.

Every two years, we live a day of excitement, nerves and a lot of work. Today BIAAF has entrusted its jury with a difficult and exciting task in equal measure: the selection of the finalists of the VII edition of its international fashion competition.

The members of the jury, gathered in the Chillida room of the Bizkaia Aretoa of the UPV / EHU (spectacular building designed by Álvaro Siza on the banks of the Nervión), for 10 hours have analyzed each work presented and deliberated on the suitability of each one until achieving the long-awaited selection of emerging designers.

How to select the finalists among more than 1,200 designs?

María Victoria Cañas, President of BIAAF and who has accompanied the jury throughout the session, explains it to us: “After seven editions and more than 6,000 designers, we continue to be amazed with their talent and creativity and the selection of the finalists becomes even more complicated The jury focuses on every detail, on the finishes, textures, volumes … but also on the execution of the creative idea, its relationship with the art world and its potential to transmit and project that personal imagery, that history of each designer. ”


Florencia Núñez Remedio (Spain, Institut Catalá  de la Moda), Kelemen Dora (France, Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design), Irantzu Urdangarin (Spain, LCI Barcelona), Katiuscia Gregoire (USA, Parsons), Charlotte Webb (New Zealand, Massey University), Felipe Asan Escobar (Germany, University of the Arts Bremen), Juha Vehmaanperä (Finland, Aalto-university school of arts, Design and Architecture), Antonio Pizzino (France, Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne), Andreia Hiromi Toma (Brasil, Centro Universitário Senac), Antía Verea González (Spain, Inedi), Tamara Toby (Spain, IED Barcelona), Ching-Wen Chen (Taiwan, F.I.T.), Cristian Alejandro Padilla Rodriguez (Spain, INEDI), Seotaek Lee (South Korea, ESMOD Paris), Nicolas Marchiaro (Belgium, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp Fashion Department), Yun-Jui Chung (Taiwan, FIT), Haruno Tamura (Japan, Osaka Institute of Fashion), Tauri Västrik (Estonia, Aalto University), Janire Olano (Spain, UPV/EHU), Kathy Udaondo (Spain, INEDI), Mateo Velasquez (UK, University Of Westminster), Carla Andrea Escalera (Argentina, Escuela Argentina de Moda), Tana Rodriguez Hamamura (Perú, Esmod Tokyo), Shir Danny, (Israel, Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, Art).


Yeonghyeon Kim (South Korea, Kookmin University), Yuki Yoshioka (Japan, Hikomizuno Jewelry College), Yiming Sun (UK, Royal College of Arts London), Taja Bobek (UK, Royal College of Art London),  Nürten Yuksel (Turkey, Marmara University), Sundus Shaheryar (USA, Parsons).

Next steps

The selected designers go directly to the last phase of the contest and their designs will be evaluated on May 22 by the international jury chaired by Sara Sozzani Maino, editor in chief of Vogue Talents. After the final jury verdict, the winners of each category will be chosen: clothing (A), accessories and accessories (B) and special category.
The finalist designs will be exhibited at the international exhibition that will take place in Bilbao from June 11 to 20 and is currently being designed by the architecture studio Zorrozua y Asociados.


BIAAF is the European reference platform for emerging fashion design. After 12 years of experience, 7 editions of its international competition and more than 6,000 designers, it has established itself as the center of reference combining innovation, talent, creativity and offering opportunities year after year in the field of education, entrepreneurship with the aim of achieving an improvement in employability and being the engine of the creative industries of the Territory. BIAAF since its inception has the support of different agents, both public and private, highlighting the collaboration of the Bizkaia Provincial Council, the Bilbao City Council or BBK Fundazioa.