On Wednesday, 29 April, the Jury of the second El Botón-MANGO Fashion Awards
announced at a press conference the winner of the event, who received a prize of €300,000, the largest sum offered to date in a competition of this nature.
Throughout Tuesday, 28 April, and the same Wednesday morning, the members of the Jury met to assess and analyse the 10 finalist collections. The Jury, chaired by Oscar de la Renta
, was made up of celebrities from the fashion world, including the multi-talented Nina García, Director of Marie Claire magazine in the USA, Laura Larbalestier, Head of Sales at Selfridges, Armand Hadida, manager of the prestigious Parisian boutique l’Éclaireur, the buying director and the cool hunter of La Rinascente, Tiziana Cardini, the renowned fashion consultant Jean Jacques Picart, Verónica Blume, one of the most international Spanish models, Jerry Hall, the renowned model of the 80s, the winners of the first Edition of the competition, Sandrina Fasoli and Michaël Marson, the fashion photographer, Mariano Vivanco, and, obviously, Isak Andic, Chairman of MANGO and Damián Sánchez, Managing Partner and Creative Director of MANGO.
Like the other finalists, the winner, Jin Youn Lee (Korea), had four months to create especially for the event a collection of 10 outfits. Along with him, the other finalists were Jean Pierre Braganza (UK), Silvia García Presas (Spain), Josh Goot (Australia), Jaeha Alex Kim (New Zealand), the partnerships formed by Miriam Lehle & Sabina Egler (Germany), Peter Pilotto & Christopher de Vos and Aleksandar Stanic & Fiona Sinha (both resident in the United Kingdom), Jakub Polanka (Czech Republic) and Christian Wijnants
Korean by birth, Jin Youn Lee has a doctorate in Fashion Design from Hong Kong University and launched his label at Seoul Fashion Week during the Fall
2004 season and had shown there since then.In 2000, he won the Grand Prix for the first Korea Wedding Dress Contest and in 2002 the President Award for the 21st Century Superiority Talent Award.