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The boundless fantasy of young fashion designers, embodied in lingerie, received well-deserved marks.

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Milan, Italy, September 23, 2009 At the opening of Milan Fashion Week, students from 28 countries entered the final of the international Triumph Inspiration Award '09 at the renowned design museum La Triennale

This year the competition jury included:

  • Hilary Swank - actress, two-time Oscar winner;
  • Franca Sozzani - editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine (Italy);
  • Ki Qi (Qi Qi) - famous model from Hong Kong;
  • Giovanni Gastel - famous photographer;
  • Wichy Hassan Co-Founder & Creative Director of Miss Sixty;
  • Jan Rosenberg - Member of the Board of Directors of Triumph International.

The winner is James Nolan, 20, from the UK with lingerie model Odette and Odile. He conquered the jury with his work "Odette and Odile", which he created being impressed by the ballet P.I. Tchaikovsky "Swan Lake" As the main prize, the winner receives a check for 15,000 euros, and his lingerie model, adapted by Triumph designers, will be put into production.

Second prize - a check for 10,000 euros - goes to Katinka Poole, 28, from Australia with Harbor Mirage lingerie model.

Third prize, a check for €5,000, goes to Shani Elkin, 24, from Israel, model for Jerusalem lingerie.

The works of the contestants were evaluated according to the following criteria: innovation and creativity in the interpretation of the main theme of the competition "style icon", individuality, originality of the idea, aesthetics, quality of design and tailoring, presentation.

“Success is the result of talent and hard work. I am shocked to see the combination of unique talent and painstaking work in all the works of these young students. They really deserve to be here on this stage,” said two-time Academy Award winner actress Hilary Swank.

The Triumph Inspiration Award started in 2008 as an international design competition organized by Triumph International. Students of design schools from all over the world can take part in this competition. Participants must create their own set of lingerie (bra and panties), in 2009 the theme of the competition was "Style Icon" (Icons).

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