Isis Fashion Awards
Isis Fashion Awards is the first fashion show in the Netherlands dedicated solely to accessories. Models don’t wear clothes; instead, they display 12 fashion items like shoes, bags, glasses, jewelry, watches, stockings, socks, gloves, scarves, hats,, and masks as part of a unique fashion display.
At this event, designers can interact and be judged by an impartial jury panel, creating an engaging and accessible show.
Founded by Jan-Willem Breure
Jan-Willem Breure is an award-winning Rwandan media producer and film director who studied interactive media design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. After founding award-winning production company JW Multimedia Productions, he directed a documentary on male sexual assault and launched both Septimius Awards and Isis Fashion Awards annually in Amsterdam.
The Isis Fashion Awards aim to revolutionize the fashion industry by spotlighting accessory designers. Their founder believes that accessories often go unnoticed as more focus is placed on clothing designers; therefore, providing an avenue for these accessory creators to exhibit their work and interact with audiences is its goal.
IFA’s organizers are a group of experienced professionals with years of event production expertise in high fashion event production. Show producer and coordinator Jerry Luxenburg has years of experience directing fashion shows for Fashion Organizations, international fairs, fashion brands, and individual press shows. His signature style has received numerous accolades and awards.
Focus on accessories
Isis Fashion Awards is unique among fashion shows because it focuses squarely on accessories. Designers can showcase their collections unconventionally and strikingly during red-carpet interviews, fashion shows, and award ceremonies. Founder Jan-Willem Breure is on a mission to revolutionize the industry through Isis by showing accessory collections in such an unconventional manner; he desires to give accessory designers more recognition that is often undervalued or ignored;
Isis doesn’t just display designs; it also celebrates its creators. After each show, a jury will engage the designer by asking questions and providing feedback; this makes for a more interactive and exciting event for audiences while helping them better to comprehend the design processes and motivations behind each piece.
The Fashion Awards bring together an international community to London, the center of fashion creativity, to recognize leaders of change, honor excellence in creativity and provide support for future creative talent. It serves as the primary fundraiser for the British Fashion Council Foundation, which fosters future growth and success within British fashion through education, grant-giving, and business mentoring programs, and raising awareness of its effect on our world and society.
Jan-Willem Breure, the founder of Isis fashion awards, refers to accessory designers as “underdogs.” According to him, clothing designers receive more recognition. Breure began this show aimed at accessories as an experiment, featuring models who don’t wear clothing as models without clothes display 12 different fashion items such as shoes, bags, glasses, jewelry, watches, stocking socks, gloves, scarves, belts, and hats during its one-day event, which features red carpet interviews fashion shows and prize ceremonies.
This award recognizes an innovative designer whose designs have had an effectful global fashion impact. Previous recipients include Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan – renowned for their illustrative collections – with 2022 being won by Isis Mussenden, an international costume designer with film credits including Chronicles of Narnia, Shrek movies 2, 3, and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.
Designers from all around the world participated in this fashion show, including Nigerian designers Amaka Osakwe of Maki Oh and Lisa Folawiyo of Lisa Folawiyo Design Studio; South African participants such as Marianne Fassler (ELLE Rising Star award recipient in 2013) and Laduma Ngxokolo who is known for his Xhosa heritage inspired knitwear were also present.
The Isis Fashion Awards also highlighted Dutch designers. Duo Toiz Art was honored for their exceptional wellies (rain boots) and mask designs; Sylvana Simons from Bij1 won best fashion blogger for her blog about diversity within the fashion industry. The ceremony occurred at Diamond Plaza Rotterdam and included celebrities and influencers like celebrity diversity activist Sylvana Simons known for hosting Bij1. Additionally, performers provided entertainment throughout this worldwide broadcast event.