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Pierpaolo Piccioli, Amina Muaddi, and Charaf Tajer Are Among the Judges for This Year’s FTA Awards

Featuring some of the industry’s cream of the crop

It’s that time of year again: One of the region’s most famed celebrations of fashion is finally making its way back to Doha, Qatar, for its annual decoration and championing of the Arab World’s next generation of trailblazing creatives. Now in its fifth edition, Fashion Trust Arabia (FTA) is gearing up towards its next hotly-anticipated FTA Awards ceremony taking place next week on Oct. 26. 

Initially launched in 2018 under the patronage of HH Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser to provide financial support, guidance, and mentorship to emerging designers in the Middle East and North Africa, in its few years of existence, the non-profit organization has developed into a life-changing platform for up-and-coming creatives. 

This year’s cohort of finalists is made up of 24 talents, hailing from across the region, who are all vying to get their hands on the much-coveted prizes at the 2022 FTA Awards. Lucky winners will see their designs and businesses sponsored by a spectrum of revered brands and institutions, including MATCHESFASHION, which will mentor winners and carry their collections on their e-commerce platform. Harrods will also mentor the eveningwear category winner and carry their collection in-store; Bisceter Village will offer a bespoke mentorship to each winner; Maison De Mode will offer winners a mentorship on sustainability; and Maison Pyramide will provide winners with showroom representation during Paris Fashion Week as well as PR consultancy.

The ceremony will also feature a headline music performer presented by Miu Miu, who will also be in charge of after-party entertainment following the ceremony. 

As per usual, the much-sought-after competition has called up on some of the industry’s heavyweights to bring their valuable insight on board and select winners, across five womenswear-focused categories (eveningwear, ready-to-wear, accessories, and jewelry). The panel of judges will also be responsible for choosing the Franca Sozzani Debut Talent Award. Featuring the likes of Lebanese-Romanian shoe designer Amina Muaddi, Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing, Remo Ruffini, CEO of Moncler, and Charaf Tajer, head of Casablanca, read on for the full list of judges of the 2022 Fashion Trust Arabia Prize.

Ruba Abu-Nimah – Creative Director, Tiffany & Co.

Yoon Ahn – Fashion Designer, Yoon Ambush

Imran Amed – Founder & Chief Executive of The Business of Fashion

Gherardo Felloni – Creative Director, Roger Vivier

Fernando Garcia & Laura Kim – Creative Directors, Oscar de la Renta

Guram Gvasalia – Creative Director, Vetements

Alex Israel – Multimedia Artist and Eyewear Designer

Michèle Lamy – Co-Founding Partner & Managing Director of Art/Furniture Owenscorp.

Camille Miceli – Creative Director, Pucci

Amina Muaddi – Shoe Designer

Zuhair Murad – Fashion Designer

Pierpaolo Piccioli – Creative Director, Valentino

Rachid Mohamed Rachid – Chairman, Balmain and Valentino

Carine Roitfeld – Founder and Director of CR Fashion Book/CR Men and Founder of Carine Roitfeld Paris

Samuel Ross – Fashion Designer & Creative Director, A-COLD-WALL

Olivier Rousteing – Creative Director, Balmain

Remo Ruffini – CEO, Moncler

Lorraine Schwartz – Jewelry Designer

Charaf Tajer – Creative Director, Casablanca

Arnaud Vaillant & Sébastien Meyer – Creative Directors, Coperni

Iris Van Herpen – Fashion Designer

Erin Walsh – Stylist

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