Knitwear designers studying in Italy are invited to enter the Knitting for Juliet competition launched by Fashion Ground Academy of Italian Design in Verona, the city of love, and Romeo and Juliet. The competition will bring together emerging talents and established names in fashion to create a tribute to the Shakespearean heroine. Thirty winning designers will share scholarships totaling 80,000 Euros, making it the first prize of its kind dedicated to young creatives eager to make their mark in the world of high fashion knitting.
The competition also includes two sub-sections to its main event. Knit for Opera (in collaboration with the Arena di Verona) will reward the best clothes theme, and Dress Code (in collaboration with b!) acknowledges the best realisations of the connection between clothing and social media.
In addition, the thirty winning masterpieces will be complemented by thirty unique pieces borrowed from the most prestigious fashion houses for a spectacular show around the theme of love.
The competition is open to young people aged 17 to 26 years old who want to specialise in knitwear design and have moved to Italy to study. For more information on how to enter you can visit the Fashion Ground website.
Knitting for Juliet is supported by the world’s leading knitwear companies Stoll and Safil, as well as renowned knitwear designers, including pioneering creative, Kevin Kramp (pictured right), who has been named Chairman of the Evaluation Committee. Kramp is one of the most important emerging men’s and women’s knitwear designers, recognized internationally for his sophisticated high-concept work, innovative exploration of shape, and beautiful use of colour, pattern, stitch technique, and luxury fiber.
Back in 2010, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Kevin Kramp which turned out to be an in-depth and fascinating dialogue about knitwear. You can read the interview here. Since then, he has relocated to Italy and works as a knitwear design consultant for several European luxury brands. Kramp has recently been featured in Vogue Italia’s 3rd Annual ‘New Talents’ September edition, awarded the Modateca Award at the tenth edition of International Talent Support (ITS) in Italy by legendary knitwear entrepreneur Ms. Deanna Ferretti, selected for Antwerp’s Mode Museum fashion knitwear exhibition ‘Unravel,’ featured as installation designer collection in Belgium’s high-concept fashion/art space ‘ra,’ and featured as special guest for ‘Six Talents For White’ at Milan’s internationally regarded fashion exhibition ‘White’ for September 2011 Milan Fashion Week, and White’s February 2012 debut at New York Fashion Week.
How's that for inspiring these young knitwear designers?
Here's a look at some of Kevin Kramp's more recent work: