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The concept of Lichting is simple: Hollands’ best fashion academy graduates of one year in one central catwalk show. The audience: fashion journalists and influential stylists, ready to spot the next big thing, CEO’s and design managers on the look-out for talent and the all-important players-behind-the-scenes, all eager to see what the nation’s academies have brought forth this year.


Lichting was founded in 2007 to bridge the gap between the academies and students on the one side and the talent-hungry fashion industry on the other. Lichting brings together the very best of each of Holland’s seven fashion academies.

An international jury judges on the qualities of the participants. Previous members were Margaretha van den Bosch, Louise Wilson and Catherine Baba among others.


Lichting is a project of HTNK Fashion Recruitment & Consultancy, Amsterdam Fashion Week


Photo of Danial Aitouganov, winner of Lichting 2016 by Peter Stigter.