Participants of the Azzedine Alaïa Award, Esmod School, Tunisia, November 2020
To develop its educational missions towards young people, the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation has partnered with the Esmod school in Tunis to organize a competition in 2020 and bestow grants to reward the creativity and talent of two students.
Chaired by Farida Khelfa and coordinated by Montassar Alaya, the student candidates for the Foundation’s Awards presented their work on 20 November 2020 via videoconference before the jury consisting of Jocelyn Imbert, Afef Jnifen, Farida Khelfa, Olivier Saillard, Carla Sozzani and Sara Sozzani Maino.
Farida Khelfa, president of the jury, underlined “The high quality of the work” of the students and “the high level of the Esmod school”. The members of the jury were all impressed, and despite the difficulty in making their choice, they designated as winners:
1. Azzedine Alaïa Prize: Eya Kalaoui
2. Jury Prize: Rami Ghades
Farida Khelfa congratulated the lucky winners: “You have a great future in fashion. Continue to work as Mr Alaïa has done all his life”.
Olivier Saillard particularly wished to commend all of the participating students as well as the teachers. “We were all very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the entries, the good craftsmanship and construction of the garments, the differing creative universes of each candidate. Congratulations! The Alaïa Foundation could not have hoped for a better partner than Esmod Tunisia, under the patronage of Farida Khelfa and the presidency of Carla Sozzani, to support all the people from this region and to reveal the great talents that you will be, we will be there to welcome you. ”
Montassar Alaya announced to the students the content of each prize:
For the 1st prize: a €5,000 scholarship and an internship at the Foundation and in the ateliers of Maison Alaïa.
For the 2nd prize: a €2000 scholarship.