Arts of Fashion Debut Series

New York   Date 05/24/2008

DEBUT-SERIES 2008 | YKK Corp. of America - YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. |

Last year, four young fashion designers - Megan Stein, David Gil, Douglas Reker and Carlos Santiago - were invited to present their first collection on the Miami runway during the Arts of Fashion Competition and Symposium presided by Veronique Branquinho.

Natallia Pilipenka inspired by Frank Gehry Architecture

With the support of YKK of America, we are pleased to announce that this year three new young designers have just been selected to present their first collection for Debut-Series 08 in San Francisco! Natallia Pilipenka, Stephanie Otto and Akarasun Seanglai are the winners. They all live and work in New York. On May 22nd - at the New York office of YKK of America - they presented their project and also received $2,000 (per person) in order to help them with their collection expenses. (Flight and accommodations will be also covered).

Stephanie Otto inspired by Surrealism Art

They are no strangers to the Arts of Fashion as Akarasun Seanglai was one of the 10 selected students to represent the United States in the former Concours International des Jeunes Createurs de Mode in 2003 in Paris, Stephanie Otto won the Arts of Fashion Competition 2004 at Oklahoma State University and Natallia Pilipenka is the recipient of the Anne-Valerie Hash Award 07 for the Arts of Fashion international competition 07 in Miami!

Akarasun Seanglai inspired by the indigo color of the Jeans

Congratulations to them all! Their projects reflect all their creativity and talent! Rendez-vous on the Arts of Fashion Runway on Oct 28-29, 2008 to discover their very first collections!


The Arts of Fashion Foundation is a San Francisco-based 501(c)(3), public, non-profit organization, linking both academics and professionals alike and is dedicated in fostering international cultural exchange through the creation of a variety of educational programs meant to facilitate critical thinking and advance the field of fashion among artists, designers, scholars and students.The primary focus of the foundation is the continuous support of creativity and design process in fashion and the arts linked to it.