Your outfit is modeled by Lily Cole and photographed by Ellen von Unwerth. You land a job with a leading international fashion brand, which sells your first piece in boutiques around the world. And you start off with an extra €15,000 in your bank account.
Not a bad way to start your career as a lingerie designer, huh?
That’s what awaits Boglárka (Bogi) Bódis, a Hungarian design student who was named the winner tonight of the fourth annual Triumph Inspiration Award at a gala ceremony in Berlin.
Bodis’ entry (above), called Les Fleurs du Mal after the Beaudelaire poem of the same name, was chosen from national finalists representing 37 countries around the world.
And it marks another coup for design students from Eastern Europe: last year, Bulgaria’s entry won the TIA competition, while Turkey and Romania placed second and third, respectively, this year.
Bodis said in her submission to the TIA panel that her string-and-fringe bodysuit was meant to celebrate “the eternal beauty and sensuality of the female body.”
Contestants were asked to base their submissions on the general theme, “125 years of Celebrating Women”, an acknowledgment of Triumph’s 125 years in the business. A six-member jury that included German photography legend Von Unwerth, UK actress Lily Cole, supermodel Helena Christensen, Chinese pop star Coco Lee, Triumph’s creative director Jos Berry, and Anita Tillmann, founder of the Berlin Fashion Fair “Premium”.
The 37 finalists, which we previewed earlier, showed a remarkable range of visions from today’s young lingerie designers. The second-place winner, Nurten Yuksel of Turkey, named her winged creation Hezarfen after legendary 17th Century Turkish aviator as a way of inspiring women.
The third-place winner, Diana Bobina of Romania, created a unique geometric body inspired by Romanian religious paintings and decorated with interchangeable triangles to allow the wear to create their own pattern.