Rare work by famous creatives, hidden in a seaside town

CNN Style is the official international media partner of International Talent Support 2016. This year's winners will be announced on July 16, 2016.

(CNN)A holiday town in northern Italy is perhaps not where you'd expect to find a treasure trove of garments from some of today's most esteemed designers.

But over the last 15 years, International Talent Support -- an annual competition for emerging designers and artists -- has amassed a formidable fashion archive in coastal Trieste.
The ITS Creative Archive preserves early portfolios, art works and garments from its past participants, including Michael van der Ham, Aitor Throup and Haizhen Wang. In all, the collection includes 15,000 entrant portfolios, 110 accessories, 70 pieces of jewelry and more than 200 outfits.
    "The Archive is not only an encapsulation of the most prestigious jury competition of emerging designers, it is a documentation of the evolution of the most cutting-edge thinking and creation of the best new talents globally," said Harold Koda, former curator at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in 2015.
    "Because it houses the work derived from an international canvassing of the most influential design programs and institutions, the ITS Archive captures in its modest space the most directional and inventive individuals poised at the beginning of their careers."
    Look through the gallery above for the most formidable outfits from past ITS finalists.
    This year's ITS winners will be announced on July 16, 2016.