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Ms Livanna Wins Lao Young Designers 2017

Ms Livanna Koo, 18, from Vientiane Capital has won the Lao Young Designers 2017 award and received a six-month scholarship to attend an intensive course in design at the ESMOD in Paris, France.

The winner of Lao Young Designers 2017 was announced on Tuesday at the French Ambassador’s Residence in Vientiane Capital by the referee board of Lao Fashion Week and the Lao Young Designers project.

The first runner-up was Mr Phonepaseuth Sengmanyvong, aged 18, from Vientiane Capital, who received a scholarship to attend a six-month course at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.

The Second to sixth runner-ups, Ms Manivone Vansavath, 17,from Champassak province; Mr Vasaphon Keovilay, 20, from Vientiane Capital; Mr Bindiem Chanthavee, 24 from Champassak; and Ms Khemvilay Phannaleth,17, from Champassak, respectively, were each awarded a two-months training course taught by leading designer celebrities in Bangkok, Thailand.

The top six Lao young designers were also awarded 3 million kip in cash to showcase at least three sets of their individual collections on the main fashion show of Lao Fashion Week 2017 scheduled on Sept 15, where they will display their designs alongside professional designers from Laos and around the world.

The Lao Young Designers Project has launched a yearly Fashion Design Contest for the past three years seeking the most talented young Laotians who wish to pursue their dream in fashion careers, said Founder and CEO of Lao Fashion Week and Lao Young Designers Project, Ms Pany Saignavong.

We have successfully sent two winners of Lao Young Designers in 2015 and 2016 to attend the 6-month course at the prestigious ESMOD International School of Fashion & Business in Paris, where the two have both received world class fashion experiences that have changed their lives forever and contributed to positive changes to the Lao fashion industry, said Ms Pany.

This year’s winner will attend the same programme, and the top six Lao young designers will attend professional training programmes at various destinations to shape their knowledge, skills and vision to help them realise their dreams of having professional fashion careers.

Each year we have been proud of and impressed by the drawings and designs that young Lao people send to the contest. We are amazed to see how good they all are despite the lack of opportunities to learn or study fashion in our country, Ms Pany went on to say.

We admire how talented and determined they are and we are very pleased to contribute our efforts and time to providing them with platforms and opportunities to pursue their dreams.

I am very happy and excited that my collection won the first runner-up Lao Young Designers 2017. I sent 10 collections to the contest and I only used three colours: blue, white and golden, in line withthe concept of the Lai Heua FaiLao Festival or the festival of the fire boat, said Mr Phonepaseuth Sengmanyvong, who is a student at the Faculty of Architecture, National University of Laos.

He expressed thanks to Lao Fashion Week forgiving him this opportunity and support ingtalented young Lao people who enjoy fashion design. This project has given me more knowledge and enabled me to share experiences with friends and famous designers.

Source: Lao News Agency