International Talent Support

International Talent Support 04 March 2011

YKK is proud to be a part of International Talent Support, a decade young and still going strong. This project has earned its worldwide reputation as a barometer for the spotting and showcasing raw talent. A decade of support through prizes, placements, internships and special collaborative projects has left a lasting legacy across the globe and launched many successful careers.

YKK is an important part of this legacy. It has been in partnership with the event organisers, EVE srl for six concecutive years. Together we have produced a world class accessory competition that attracts the very best talents from around the globe. Sarah Williams, Yuima Nakazato, Helen Robotham, Tomasz Donocik, Justin Smith, James Long, Heather Blake and Camilla Skovgaard are just some of the names to have entered our competition.

The YKK Award provides applicants with the opportunity to test their skills in one of three categories.

Category one involves creating accessories around YKK trend items, representing the very latest in fastening technology. For ITS#TEN we have included six trend items. There is a very special flat slider made in collaboration with ITS#JEWELRY Partner, SWAROVSKI® ELEMENTS. Other trend items include: Lumina® Size 12, the giant luxury zipper, and Metauxe®, the plastic zipper that looks like it has been made from metal. We have also included Aqua Guard® the water repellent zipper, from YKK Japan and the flattest YKK zipper to date, the Vislon Flat. Applicants will have access to FlexFix® the snap and button technology with multiple applications.

Category two requires applicants to present a proposal entitled "Zipper in Next Generation Art". Applicants can create an artwork in any form or medium using YKK® products as their starting point.

Category three is a free style fastening project using YKK® products. YKK-inspired creation await the winner. Last years successful candidate was Emma Yeo, who will be exhibiting pieces alongside Rob Goodwin and Aitor Throup, as part of the future fashion project taking place in Covent Garden, during London Fashion Week.

For further information, contact YKK Europe Press Office:+44(0)207-448-1333/ enquiries@ykkeurope.com/ www.ykkeurope.com