AFA - Austria Fashion Awards

presenting media partner: KURIER



Anually, the Federal Ministry for  Education, the Arts and Culture, the Culture , the Department of Culture of the City of Vienna  and the Vienna  Economic Chamber  are awarding together with Unit F büro für mode through an internatioal, independent jury the AFA-Austria Fashion Awards  to fashion designers.


For the first time included is the Austrian Creative Fur Award  in cooperation with the Bundesinnung Mode, Berufszweig der Kürschner.


The Erste Bank Fashion Award  is awarding an exceptional fashion collection from Central and Eastern Europe. 

The Unit F Editorial Award  in collaboration with GoSee  will be awarded for the third time to outstanding photographers in the categories Fashion and Portrait.



The AFA Jury 12


Andreas Bergbaur / Italy

Andreas Bergbaur is co-founder of Unit F büro für mode, during the last five years he was Head of Communications at Jil Sander and beginning with this year he is working for Versace as their Global Director Marketing, Digital Strategy, and E-Commerce being in charge of the entire online presence of the company.


Francine Pairon/france

Francine Pairon is the Head of the Post Graduate Program Fashion Design at the Institute Français de la Mode (IFM) in Paris, before that she founded the department fashion design at the art and design academy La Chambre in Brussels.


Josephus Thimister / France

Josephus Thimister worked as a fashion designer for Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Patou before he was appointed to Artistic Director at Balenciaga. In 1997, he founded his own label THIMISTER with which he presents Haute Couture and Prêt-à-Porter collections.  


Adriano Sack / Germany

Adriano Sack is the founder and author of, for which he won the Lead Award as Newcomer of the Year in 2011. He is also the Executive Editor for the German version of Interview Magazine.

Martin Sulzbacher / Italy

Martin Sulzbacher studied fashion at the University of Applied Arts Vienna under Raf Simons, was co-founder of the Austrian label house of the very island’s club division Middlesex klassenkampf but the question is: where are you now? and since 2005 he is working as a women’s wear designer at Jil Sander in Milan.


Stefan Siegel / England

Stefan Siegel is the founder of NOT JUST A LABEL, a leading online platform for contemporary fashion design. 


Committee member Wien Kultur: Christopher Widauer / Österreich

Wien Kultur


Committee member BMUKK: Olga Okunev / Österreich



Additionally part of the jury for the Fashion Production Award of the Vienna Economic Chamber:


Patrizia Fürnkranz-Markus / Austria

Founder and designer of the fashion label Pollsiri and guild master of the clothing trade Vienna.

Barbara Rüdiger / Austria

Vienna Economic Chamber

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