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Kaj Franck Design Prize 2004:
Fashion designer Ritva-Liisa Pohjalainen

Fashion designer Ritva-Liisa Pohjalainen has a long career in the Finnish fashion and clothing industry.

She has been the head designer for several companies and has also designed the Ril’s collection, bearing her name, for the L-Fashion Group of Lahti, among other projects. For the fashion industry Pohjalainen has been an inexhaustible source of models that have been available to all, but she has also designed unique, one-off evening gowns. The prize jury particularly appreciated Ritva-Liisa Pohjalainen’s decades of ongoing work with industry.

Ritva-Liisa Pohjalainen’s distinctive concepts and style have made her one of Finland’s most renowned and professionally respected fashion designers. Her professionalism and talent have been noted over the years with many other significant prizes and awards, including the Ornamo prize of 1978 and the Golden Clotheshanger prize of 1998.