The concept of ‘Lichting’ is simple: the best academy graduates of one year in one central show. In the audience are the most important people for the next step in their careers: 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. As a result, Lichting is one of the most highly principled fashion events in the Netherlands, both in terms of quality and representation.


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



Past winners:

2019: Dylan Westerweel of ArtEZ

2018: Ferry Schiffelers of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute

2017: Lizzy Stuyfzand of ArtEZ

2016: Danial Aitouganov of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute

2015: Nikki Duijst of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague

2014: Bastian Visch of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague

2013: Henriëtte Tilanus of ArtEZ

2012: Yvonne Kwok of AMFI Amsterdam Fashion Institute

2011: Sanne Schepers of ArtEZ

2010: Marije de Haan of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague

2009: Ann Boogaerts from the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts

2008: Anneloes van Osselaer of AMFI Amsterdam Fashion Institute

2007: Ivo Mittelmijer of ArtEZ


A professional international panel of fashion connaisseurs decides who receives the Lichting award.