International Young Fashion Entrepreneur (IYFE) 2009 award shortlist announced

Applicants were drawn from various areas of the fashion field including- fashion textile, accessories production and design, fashion promotion, fashion education, fashion marketing, fashion publishing etc. recognizing that an applicant may strongly influence the business of fashion without being a practicing fashion designer. Excellent English Language skills were a must.


Out of the many applications received, the short-listing panel comprising Anoma Wijewardene(artist and designer), Carmel Kelly(Principal Lecturer and International Project Coordinator London College of Fashion), Darshi Keerthisena(Winner IYFE 2008/fashion entrepreneur), Prasanna Hettiarachchi(entrepreneur) and Ranmali Mirchandani(Manager Programme Delivery - British Council) shortlisted 4 candidates based mainly on their written applications and supported by additional evidence of their entrepreneurial skill and ability.


The shortlisted candidates are – Ahamed Bary Farook, Niroshani Leanage, Anupama Nawalage and Linda Speldewinde.


For the final interview, the shortlisted candidates will be given an opportunity to make a short presentation expanding on their written application and addressing questions related to market awareness, vision and ambition and their desire to develop mutually beneficial engagement with the UK.


Sri Lanka Telecom is the project partner for the International Young Fashion Entrepreneur (IYFE) award 2009 and the electronic media sponsors are Channel 1 MTV and YES FM.


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