˛V. GOLDEN NEEDLE 2003
The ceremony of the 10th annual nominations of the Academy of fashion
– Zlatna Igla (Golden Needle) 2003 took place under an exceptional
interest, in a brilliant and stylish way. The gala evening of the
voting and awarding the most prestigious fashion awards in Bulgaria
took place on March 13, 2004 at Inter Expo Centre. The Academy of
Fashion (established in 1993 ăîäčíŕ in Paris, France, at the idea
of Donka Ganeva and Lubomir Stoykov) proved again that the most objective
evaluation of the fashion design achievement is belongs to the fourth
power – the fashion journalists from the printed and electronic media.
Who were the winners in the separate categories? Designer of the
Year and winner of Zlatna Igla (Golden Needle) 2003 was Virginia
Zdravkova (Virginia Atelier), Fashion House of the Year – Agressia
(manager Maya Assenova), fashion photography – Valentin Mechanov,
and for Contribution to the Bulgarian Fashion – Bulgarian Fashion
Forum in the person of its honorary Chairman Ivan Chalukov.
the two newly established categories Fashion Make-up Artist and Accessories,
most votes were given to Kiril Chalukov and Irina Sardareva, who
won the respective golden needles. The Golden Needle was traditionally
made by the Bulgarian jeweller Angelo Krassini. Other designers,
make-up artists, photographers, nominated in the respective categories,
such as Irida, Miro, Aries Unikat, Milka Alexandrova –Buchi, Maria
Nedkova, Neli Koleva, Victoria Unique (neckties), Totka Docheva,
Bozhidar Markov, Tomas Imov, etc. presented very impressive collections
and works. The prima ballerinas of the National Opera, Galya and
Miro of Karizma duet, Neli – the reporter of Ogledala (Mirrors) fashion
show of bTV, and others joined the attractive processions on the
34-member journalist jury voted for the masters of the needle and
the thread, for the best professionals in the Bulgarian fashion in
2003. The jury was chaired for the 10th year in a row by Ass. Prof.
Dr. Lubomir Stoykov (Deputy Chairman of the Academy of Fashion).
The jury included Donka Ganeva, Chairman of the Academy of Fashion,
Niki Kunchev (Who Wants To Be a Millionaire TV show and Darik Radio),
Vessela Slavcheva (Moda Magazine), Lyuba Rizova (Head of the bTV
news), Lilia Vuchkova (Bulgarian National Television), as well as
Nada Nesheva (Troud daily), Maria Raycheva (24 Chassa daily), Yulia
Vulkova (Sedmichen Troud weekly), Boris Angelov (Monitor daily and
Koi weekly), Silvia Kavdanska (Radio Fresh), Maria Netsova (First
Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Vsichko za Zhenata newspaper), Toni Raponska
(Channel 3 TV), Albena Atanassova (Standart Daily), Silvia Todorova
(Fashion BG Internet portal), Nevena Vassileva (BBT), well-known
fashion journalists such as Vassilka Garelova, Vanya Ovcharova, Lili
Maslova, Ivailo Dimanov, etc. The elections’ technical commission
was chaired by Stamen Iliev.
The splendid show of the Academy of Fashion and the awarding of
the annual Zlatna Igla (Golden Needle) awards was attended by many
VIP guests, including MPs Irena Varadinova and Ivan Pavlov, Silvia
Vassileva – wife of Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Vassilev, as well
as the worldly lady Julia Bull together with the painter Nikolai
Panayotov and an accompanying beautiful prima ballerina, Prof. Gredi
Assa, business lady Krassimira Bogdanova, high-life recorder Evgeni
Minchev and many other connoisseurs of good taste and style.
Zlatna Igla 2003 award ceremony was presented by Mariana Vekilska
(bTV) and her then-future husband radio journalist Simeon Kolev.
I.N.A. Trading, Lavazza, Vsichko za Zhenata newspaper, Krass Bulgarian
Business Pages, Pizza Hut – Bulgaria, Pepsi , Balkan Multimedia System,
Feite flower boutique, Markrit confectionery, and the host indeed
– Inter Expo Centre were the sponsors.