Fashion-watchers are set for a sizzling runway showdown as Audi Star Creation 2012, the Asia-wide fashion design competition, draws a record number of entries from around the region. As the competition enters its third year, luxury automobile manufacturer Audi has also announced that it will be the event’s title sponsor.
A total of 255 fashion design hopefuls from 13 countries made submissions this year – significantly more than the 144 entries received last year, and more than triple the 75 received in 2010, the competition’s inaugural year.
The highest number of submissions this year came from Thailand, which made 56 entries. Last year, two Thai designers – Karn Karnjanamai and Maythar Thadavi – made the finals. While neither won, Karnjanamai won the Star Creation-Fashion TV People’s Choice Award 2011. Also making a strong showing was Vietnam, whose Ngo Quynh Phuong also made last year’s finals. Vietnam produced close to 50 entries. This year also threw up some countries that did not participate last year, including Iran and South Korea.