A GERMAN student has won the Kärcher Scholarship 2015 which grants the winner a year’s study at Esmod Berlin International University of Art for Fashion. Nico Arauner was judged to be the most outstanding candidate from 50 entrants from countries including Switzerland, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Australia, Great Britain, Mexico, Mongolia, Finland, Vietnam, Macedonia and Poland. The winner of the Scholarship receives a fully funded place in the first-year bachelor program – fashion design and draping/patternmaking at Esmod Berlin, with the opportunity to study in either English or German.
Nico Arauner said, “It is such a great honour for me to receive this support and to attend Esmod.” The jury was impressed with his “mature visual literacy and research-driven approach”. Included in his portfolio was a publication he produced entitled Less is More – Minimalism in Fashion in which he gives an overview of the varied cultural and periodic manifestations of minimalism in fashion.
This is the second year running that Esmod Berlin has offered the scholarship sponsored by Kärcher to give one aspiring designer the opportunity to enter into the Bachelor Program. Esmod has a strong history of producing outstanding creatives in the fashion industry. Members of the jury were: Patrick Spachmann, head of marketing and product management, Kärcher; Silvia Kadolsky founder and owner of Esmod Berlin; fashion editor women of Kaltblut magazine Anita Krizanovic; Tom Felber, co-founder and chief editor of Superior Magazine; Stephanie Biedermann teacher of patternmaking and draping at Esmod and Esmod fashion design teacher Bernadett Penkov,
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by Caroline Simpson
All photography: Kärcher / Esmod Berlin / Michael Wittig, Berlin 2015