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Lichting is the official graduation show for the most promising fashion designers graduating from the seven Dutch fashion academies.

For fashion companies and investors, Lichting 2008 is a unique opportunity to see the talented graduates and their creations at the same time. The presence of the fashion press will guarantee extensive national and international coverage of the show, the upcoming Dutch talent, the fashion industry and the fashion city of Amsterdam.

International denim brand G-Star Raw has decided to make a significant contribution to the promotion of young Dutch talent through intensive cooperation with Lichting 2008. In order to inspire and motivate the graduating students for Lichting 2008, G-Star has established an award for the most promising designer at Lichting 2008: the G-Star Raw Talent Award.

This award consists of a cash prize of EUR 10,000, together with a study trip to New York in September 2008, where the winner will participate in the production of G-Star’s Spring/Summer 2009 catwalk show during the New York Fashion Week. The winner of the G-Star Raw Talent Award will also be decided by the public this year.

According to G-Star, “A new generation of promising Dutch fashion designers is being presented. They are an exceptionally important group of talented young people who, with a healthy dose of self-confidence, creativity, knowledge of products and ambition, could be of major significance to the Dutch fashion industry in the future."

"We know it’s always difficult in the beginning, and our contribution to Lichting 2008 will stimulate the fresh class of students to persevere and to continue developing themselves. We can be proud of the young fashion talent produced by the Netherlands every year, and also of the city of Amsterdam, which is gaining an increasingly important position in the international fashion world.”