The 2020 edition of the “Feel the Yarn – Contest” closes with an all-female hat trick. The scholarships offered by the competition, in which we also took part for the fourth consecutive season, providing the students assigned to us with yarns and know-how for the creation of an original outfit, were won by Sara Zanetti of Polimoda in Florence and Sara Kickmayer of the Institut Français de la Mode in Paris. They were voted for by the Facebook community “Feel the Yarn – The Contest”, consisting of students, sector-based experts, influencers, companies and yarn lovers.
“The prizes awarded by the community,” said Ornella Bignami, who for the past eleven years has overseen and supervised the project which was set up by the Consorzio Promozione Filati – CPF and Pitti Immagine, “have an objective validity from a strictly technical point of view as well. More specifically, the creation by Sara Zanetti excels in the quest for detail, the combination of crochet work and macro cable knits which highlight the ample volume and comfort of the garment. Her entry is a clear example of creativity and artisan skill combined in a brilliant feeling for colour. The winning approach in Sara Kickmayer’s work is, on the other hand, the originality of her interpretation of the Contest’s “Move Beyond” theme. The garment moves dynamically, beyond the body, using advanced techniques to accompany the circular shape of the knit”. A third scholarship granting attendance of the “Master in Creative Knitwear Design” was also awarded to Maddalena Gentile, chosen by the organizers for “having demonstrated a deep understanding of the intrinsic value of yarn and knitwear, expressed in a set of techniques and stitches consistent with the silhouette and the theme presented”.