The annual Triumph Inspiration Awards is a global design competition including students from Ryerson, George Brown and Seneca. Each year Triumph gives these students the opportunity to compete for a spot in the finals in Berlin. The grand prize is 15,000 euros and a chance to collaborate with the Triumph team to create a commercial version of the winning design.
The top ten designs were shown at a luncheon in Toronto this week. In keeping with the Triumph’s big anniversary, the theme this year is “125 Years of Celebrating Women.” The students are given free reign to explore the era of their choice and the creative freedom to be as avant-garde as they please. This years line up of judges included Shawn Hewson of Bustle, Cityline‘s Sandra Pittana and our very own editor-in-chief, Lisa Tant.
The result: everything from bustles to exaggerated ruffles and flapper feathers. Third place went to Alexandra Julian for her over the top pink creation appropriately titled “Bustle Nouveau.” Runner up Lindsay Spindler’s design had a unique story, the nude floral lace was taken from her grandmothers table cloth. Renz Jayson Araja of Ryerson was this years grand prize winner with his elaborate “Elizabethan Goddess” design. Araja will travel to the finals in Berlin this July in hopes of bringing home first place.