Pinoy wins grand prize in Japan Fashion Design contest; is first foreigner ever to do so

Filipino designer Jerome Allen Lorico, 25, won the grand prize in the 48th Japan Fashion Design Contest in Tokyo on October 16, reports GMANews.tv. The Japan Embassy in Manila said his win was the first time in 47 years that a foreigner won in the competition. Aside from the grand prize (also known as the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award), Lorico won two special corporate awards from the Japan Cotton Industry Association and Onward, one of the country’s biggest apparel companies. He received ¥1 million (about P500,000), a trophy, certificates and commemorative gifts.

Inspired by the theme "Steer for the Future 2020 Autumn/Winter," Lorico’s piece "Ink and Water" is a black ensemble created using a unique textile made from cotton and piña. According to the Japan Embassy, Lorico beat 50 finalists, narrowed down from around 2,500 entries, from all over the world. There were two other finalists from the Philippines this year: Nicole Michael P. Mori and Marian V. Andrada.

Lorico Tweeted on October 22, "to all who believed in me, thank you so much!!!! Cheers to Phil fashion talents!!! =:-)"

For more on this story, log on to GMANews.tv. Photo of Lorico from his Facebook page.

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