Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design




President of the competition: rector of KNUTD Prof. Ivan Gryshchenko

Competition Director: Оlena Ovcharenko

Address: 01011 Kyiv, Nemirovich-Danchenko Street 2, Academic building № 4, Student's House of Fashion

Phone number: +38044-256-21-12, +38068-866-45-02




The film "Pecherski Kashtany" - the history of the competition"

The conditions of the competition "Pecherski Kashtany"

Trademark Certificate

The Ministry of Education and Science order

KNUTD order




in the  International competition for young fashion designers

"Pecherski Kashtany"


The organizing committee of the competition informs. Due to the situation in the country and the world, the "Pecherski Kashtany" contest will be postponed. You can get more detailed information about the XX International competition of young designers of Pecherski Kashtany by phone +380688664502 or by writing to us at



The founder and organizer of the International competition for young designers "Pecherski Kashtany" (hereinafter referred to as the Competition) is Kiev National University of Technologies and Design (hereinafter referred to as KNUTD).

The competition is supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. The competition is held to realize the creative potential of students-designers.

The objectives of the Competition are: to create conditions for the realization of the creative potential of young people in the field of design and fashion; to demonstrate the results of the creative work of young designers to the general public of specialists and potential consumers; to promote the acquisition of higher education by future specialists in the production sectors: textiles and textile articles, clothing and fur, leather products and footwear, etc.; popularize the creativity of young designers; to spread among students and young designers the modern tendencies of the world fashion industry; to create conditions for strengthening and development of links between the creative youth of Ukraine and other countries of Europe and the world.

Students and graduates of education institutions of Ukraine and other countries of the world, who receive education in the fields of design, light and textile industry aged 16-35 can take part in the Competition.     



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.