Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design




President of the Competition: Rector of KNUTD, Prof. Ivan Gryshchenko

Competition Director: Yuliia Boiko

Address: 01011 Kyiv, 2, Mala Shyianovska (Nemyrovych-Danchenko) Str., Kyiv, 01011, Building 4, entrance from the street

Phone numbers: +38044-256-21-12, +38098-515-84-55

e-mail: [email protected]


Film "Pecherski Kashtany" - the history of the Competition"

Conditions of the Competition "Pecherski Kashtany"

Trademark Certificate





in the XXIII International Competition of Young Designers



The Organizing Committee of the Competition announces the start of registration for the XXIII International Competition of Young Designers “Pecherski Kashtany” and invites you to participate in the Competition program that will be held from June 12 to July 1, 2023.

Organization of the Competition

Organizational, methodological, and informational support of the Competition is provided by KNUTD.

The Organizing Committee of the Competition includes the leading research and academic staff of the Faculties of Design, Arts and Fashion, KNUTD colleges, University partners from the specialized domestic and foreign educational institutions, enterprises, and more.

Official languages of the Competition: Ukrainian, English.

The judging panel

The jury consists of the leading experts in the fashion industry and representatives of the media. A separate jury works in each sub-competition for a more professional assessment of competitive works.

Awarding the Competition participants

The winners of the Competition are selected by the jury: the first three places in each nomination of each competition are determined (the jury reserves the right to award from one to three places in each nomination), the Grand Prix is chosen from the collections of the Clothes, Shoes and Accessories competition.

All the participants in the Competition receive certificates of participation.

Procedure of the Competition

The Competition consists of three nominations: Clothes; Shoes and Accessories; Textiles.

The Competition is held in two stages:

the first (qualifying ) – the jury reviews the works and determines the participants of the next stage;

the second (final) – the jury assigns points and determines the winners of the Competition.. The participants who qualified for the final showcase their collections on the podium at the final show.


Participation in the Competition program is possible upon submission of an application for participation and works that meet the requirements.


The Competition is held in the following nominations:


(womens, mens, childrens)







De Lux




De Lux







(sports, corporate, dance, work clothes, etc.)










Organizational fees: FREE 



Each participant in the Competition has the right to take part in any nomination (including several simultaneously, but with different entries). Requirement: the works must be original. The number of collections from one author or team of authors is not limited.

Entries in the nominations Clothes; Shoes and Accessories must meet the following requirements: to consist of collections of products made in material (3-7 models) or sketch proposals for the collections of products (7-15 models).

Images of work products in the material can be presented in the form of a video presentation in accordance with the specified conditions (see requirements for competitive works).

A sketch proposal of the collection in a color solution can be presented in the form of a photo (JPEG, PNG, PDF format).



1-3 works made in the material must be presented. 

  • Tapestry (textile plastic and sculpture (abakan)): interior panels, accessories (bags, belts, hats, jewelry, etc.).
  • Batik: interior panel, suit, accessories (bags, belts, scarves, hats, etc.).
  • Patchwork (quilt) – patchwork technique: textile sculptures, clothing, accessories, bedding, blankets, pillows, etc. 
  • Embroidery (threads, beads, ribbons) - interior panels, accessories, clothing, etc. 
  • Doll: technique is not limited.
  • Drawings for fabrics and Interior: layouts are submitted by hand (decorated in a passe-partout) or made in any of the computer programs (in printed form). 

Images of works of art in the material can be presented in the form of a video or slideshow (JPEG, PNG, PDF format).

A sketch proposal in color can be presented as a photo (JPEG, PNG, PDF format).



  1. By June 12, 2023, - participants of the Competition program must fill out the online registration form and submit their works to the Organizing Committee.
  2. June 19, 2023 – review of works by members of the jury and their assessment.
  3. July 1, 2023 – the final, selection of the winners: Grand Prix and first three places in each nomination, awarding of the winners.



Competition Director:

Yuliia Boiko - +380985158455






The international competition of young fashion designers "Pecherski Kashtany" was founded in 2001 on the initiative of the Kiev National University of Technologies and Design with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian fashion world calls this contest a students’ competition, because only students take part in it. Young fashion designers learn to speak the language of the images created by them, trying to express themselves through a costume form.

Four-day semi-final shows, a rather tough selection of the professional jury - and, finally, the final stage (final) - happy winners and participants who manage to become real friends. So every year there is a competition ..., and fashion critics note the high level of contestants, and say that holding such a competition is necessary for the development of Ukrainian fashion and the revealing of new names.

Today, the professional world of fashion lives in a separate space of the so-called "Fashion Week"-s, follows the world trends, glitters on the pages of "glossy" magazines. But there were times when the concept of "fashion" was "matte" and its purpose was only functionality. It was from those times (1955), when students of high schools of light industry were trained as experts of mass production, and the first steps were taken to individual manifestation of the creative imagination of students of the Kiev Technological Institute of Light Industry. There were demonstrations of graduate works by students of sewing specialties and in accordance with the use of the cheapest materials (mainly cotton) they had the name "cotton balls".


Cotton Ball (1955)



Students’ collections of the 80's and 90's

Since the Student’s House of Fashion was founded in 1988, such events had become annual. In 2001, when the institute was awarded the title of Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design, the university council proposed to create not just works preview, but a competition that in the same year acquired the status of the international and was named "Pecherski Kashtany". This name is symbolic, because the university is located in the old centre of the Ukrainian capital - Pechersk, where every May, when the competition takes place, chestnuts are in blossom. The logo of the contest most accurately conveys the combination of graceful beauty with chestnut leaves, as a symbol of young fashion sprouts.


Collections of "Pecherski Kashtany" participants 2001-2017

Annually more than 300 contestants from different cities of Ukraine, CIS countries and Europe take part in the contest. The target audience of about 5,000 people consists of students, leading experts in the fashion and show business industry, managers and owners of light industry enterprises, and foreign guests.

The founder of such a large-scale competition as "Pecherski Kashtany", Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design, in particular the Faculty of Design and the Student's House of Fashion, as the direct executer and organizer of the event, has the main tasks - to provide talented young people of Ukraine and foreign countries with opportunities to establish creative contacts, exchange of experience, communication with leading designers - the creators of modern and future fashion, combination their intellectual and practical experience, mutuall enrichment of cultural and national traditions and establishment of friendly relations and cooperation. In addition, marking beginners, future specialists in the field of design, artistic modeling, designing and manufacturing of clothes, footwear, accessories, textile products gives an opportunity to familiarize potential employers with the work of young specialists, which undoubtedly expands the opportunities of youth employment. And this is an extremely topical problem for any student today.

Realizing this, the teachers of KNUTD are struggling to help young people who really feel the designer's vocation.