Nevertheless, fashion itself is a challenging industry with perilous marketing landscape and talent alone won’t guarantee you a safe passage. Instead, a strong platform is what you need in order to launch your career in fashion designing. Case in point: The H&M Design Awards.
For the 2013 awards, graduates from 19 design schools in eight countries were considered competing first to be the local winner before showing their work to a grand jury, comprising of H&M’s Creative Head of Design Ann-Sofie Johansson, designer Jonathan Saunders, editor-at-large Tim Blanks, blogger and photographer Hanneli Mustaparta, fashion journalist Kristopher Arden-Houser, stylist Leith Clark, photographer Sølve Sundsbø and H&M’s creative advisor Margareta van den Bosch.
Titled “Dear My Friend”, Minju’s collection was inspired by the works of Japanese manga cartoonist Junji Ito captured the attention of the grand jury.
"These pieces by Minju Kim show H&M’s commitment to the future of design and to helping move fashion forward,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s Creative Head of Design.
A panelled mini dress mixes matt with shine, while jacquard trousers keep their structured shape. To complete the look are black and white wedge platform lace-up and a character-imbued turquoise leather collar.