On March 3, 2018, the Association of Light Industry Enterprises of the Kyrgyz Republic “Legprom” organized the 9th competition of Kyrgyzstan fashion designers “Fashion industry -2018”.   Fashion designer, Askarali uulu Zalkar, won first place for their “Tree of life” collection. Akimova Saykal won a special price for their “Happiness of the sky, where are the thousand cranes” collection. The two designers were supported under the ITC programmeme to take part in the International Competition of Young Designers “Exercise” in Moscow on 18 September 2018.

The two designers were required to demonstrate and show seasonal collections in line with current fashion trends, figurative and stylistic decisions, individuality, representation in the collection of new forms, modern colors, design and technological solutions and creative selection of colors and material. In total, 12 designers from 12 cities from all regions of Russia and CIS counties took part in the competition.

Askarali uulu Zalkar won the first prize for the best collection of luxury prêt-à-porter. He was awarded with 100,000 rubles, a collection on design and modeling according to the Muller and Son methods, as well as a certificate for a month internship from Russia’s leading fashion designer Sergey Sysoyev. He said, “I liked the thorough preparation for the competition, the glossy catalogs of the presentation collections, the good organization of the casting, and all the amenities for the participants behind the scenes. I wanted to take part once again, but now in the competition for the award of the “Fashion of Russia” as a brand and once again plunge into this “World of Fashion”. We had the opportunity to meet with the participants of the competition and with famous designers, such as Sergey Sysoev, Vladimir Zubets, Julia Myatkovskaya. We were especially happy to meet Vyacheslav Zaitsev. It was interesting to participate in the preliminary on-line voting, we were very worried and watched the results of the voting every day, and asked all friends to vote for us”.

Akimova Saykal won third place and received a special edition of the book “Magister or Secret 8 Lives” about Vyachaslav Zaitsev, autographed by the Mr. Zaitsev and also won memorable prizes from the organizers. “In Moscow, we had the opportunity to see the «Textillegprom» exhibition; we learned a lot of interesting things: we saw the latest sewing equipment, printing equipment for prints using various unusual methods, new interesting collections of different brands. We are very grateful to the Legprom and the sponsors for giving us the opportunity to take part in the «Exercise» contest in Moscow. We got a lot of experience”, mentioned Akimova Saykal.

Participants were grateful to the ITC programme, young designers from Kyrgzstan had a unique opportunitiy to showcase their creative potential through their collection and to express themselves among professionals and fashion experts from Russia. In addition, they were able to exchange experiences with other participants from the competition, and received useful information on new technologies in the textile and apparel sector. The participants also visited the national international exhibition and the Federal Fair Taxtillegprom and had the honor to personally meet key fashion designers from the region.