Head – Geneva University Of Art & Design | Graduate Highlight

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2 November 2017

HEAD – Geneva University of Art & Design | Graduate Highlight

NJAL is proud to introduce the 2017 HEAD – Genève (Geneva School of Art and Design) Bachelor and Master graduates. Following the graduate show live-streamed on NJAL, we now take a closer look at the promising talent graduating in Switzerland.

The students have proven that they’ve been able to sharpen their independent thinking and personal universe while keeping their ability to adapt to shifts in the market and even start to shape it. They’ve shown to be innovative creators who can provide new aesthetic impulses and nurture the fashion industry. These young designers have delivered a unique and exciting show proving that, over ten years, HEAD – Genève’s Fashion Design programme has become one of the most highly-coveted fashion programmes in Europe.

Special congratulations to the three prize winners:

Mikael Vilchez, Master Mercedes-Benz Prize 2017                               
“The Mercedes Benz Price is awarded to someone that has been, for the jury and myself somewhat self-evident. His work, refined and stripped from clichés, conveyed in a self-deprecating manner, proposes an innovative vision of denim as well as menswear. “ said Serge Ruffieux (President of the jury), Creative Director of Carven.

Miguel Mendes Salvador, Bachelor Bongenie Prize 2017   

“The jury was impressed by the richness of his universe as well as his expansive aesthetics that knowingly refrains from postcard folklore. His menswear collection proposes an object of rare craftsmanship that can be rendered into a wearable product, all the while exploring new materials and esthetical references of the most creative kind.” said Mikael de Picciotto, from the Bongénie Grieder group.

Flore Girard De Langlade, winner of the 1st edition of La Redoute x HEAD Prize.
"I was beguiled by Flore Girard de Langlade’s personality, a mixture of fragility and maturity. I loved her approach to classic pieces whom she skillfully restored to their former glory. I was touched by her attention to detail, her work with materials, her aesthetic concerns and finally her men’s apparel both sensual and feminine. With this price offering a young woman the possibility to create a ‘’capsule collection’’, la Redoute rewards creativity and modernity.” said Sylvette Lepers, Head of Partnerships Créateurs & Image for La Redoute. 

The international jury was composed of Serge Ruffieux (President of the Jury), Creative director of Carven Stephen Jones, Artistic Director at Stephen Jones Millinery Sylvette Lepers, Head of Creative & Image Partnerships at La Redoute, Glenn Martens, Creative Director at Y / Project, Alice Pfeiffer, Editor-in-chief of Antidote magazine, Mikael de Picciotto, Head of purchasing and e-trading for the Bongénie Grieder group, Séverine Saas, Head of the fashion section of newspaper Le Temps, as well as the luxury section of magazine T.

Below is a snapshot of HEAD – Genève graduates portfolio of BA and MA courses:

Bachelor Collections

Adeline Rappaz

Audrey-Anne Denis

Charlotte Morier-Genoud

Duc Siegenthaler

Ella Asderban

Fanny Devaux


Hélène Bedecarrax

Jessica Da Silva Oleiro

Lucile Drai

Marc Eicher

Paul Pourcelot

Régine Amichba

Saloméja Jacquet

Tara Mabiala

Thomas Teixeira de Carvalho

Tiffanie Bellenot

Victoire Witdouck

Virginie Jemmely

Zoé Conus

Master Collections

Irina Terekhova

Louise Porche

Marie-Ève Lecavalier

Sophie De Luca

Victor Prieux

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