MINJU KIM WINS 2013 H&M DESIGN AWARD WITH MANGA INSPIRED COLLECTION

Minju Kim “Dear My Friend Collection”
wins 2013 H&M Design Award
©Kristian Loveborg

Minju Kim, a 26-year-old student from South Korea now in her final masters year studying fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, won the chance to present her collection with her own show at the Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week, as well as a prize of €50,000. Minju also won the opportunity to develop pieces from her collection to be sold in selected H&M stores this autumn. 

Minju Kim “Dear My Friend Collection”
wins 2013 H&M Design Award
©Kristian Loveborg

Chosen by a grand jury which included fashion designer Jonathan Saunders, editor-at-large Tim Blanks, stylist Leith Clark, photographer Sølve Sundsbø, blogger and photographer Hanneli Mustaparta, fashion journalist Kristopher Arden Houser, H&M’s Creative Advisor Margareta van den Bosch, and H&M’s Head of Design Ann-Sofie Johansson who commented,

“I am so happy that Minju Kim has won the H&M Design Award for 2013. Her collection was amazing, full of creativity, happiness and the joy of exploring different shapes and details. Minju kept it all together with a strong sense of design and craftsmanship,” 

Minju Kim “Dear My Friend Collection”
wins 2013 H&M Design Award
©Kristian Loveborg
 Minju still could not believed she had actually won:

“I still can’t believe it that I have won the H&M Design Award 2013. It’s so amazing to be able to show at Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week, and to experience what it’s like to have a show all to yourself. It’s such an amazing opportunity, and such a big surprise,” 

The winning collection titled “Dear My Friend”,  was inspired by Japanese Manga cartoonist Junji Ito. The H&M Design Award judges were impressed by Minju’s determination to make each piece as perfect as she could. 

Minju Kim “Dear My Friend Collection”
wins 2013 H&M Design Award
©Kristian Loveborg

Minju Kim “Dear My Friend Collection”
wins 2013 H&M Design Award
©Kristian Loveborg

Minju Kim “Dear My Friend Collection”
wins 2013 H&M Design Award
©Kristian Loveborg

Minju Kim “Dear My Friend Collection”
wins 2013 H&M Design Award
©Kristian Loveborg

Minju Kim “Dear My Friend Collection”
wins 2013 H&M Design Award
©Kristian Loveborg

Minju Kim “Dear My Friend Collection”
wins 2013 H&M Design Award
©Kristian Loveborg

Minju Kim “Dear My Friend Collection”
wins 2013 H&M Design Award
©Kristian Loveborg

Minju Kim “Dear My Friend Collection”
wins 2013 H&M Design Award
©Kristian Loveborg