The LVMH Prize is one of the most prestigious awards a young fashion designer can dream of winning – and this year’s group of finalists has just been announced. Forgoing tradition (usually just eight names are picked), the organisation has revealed that nine fashion designers are up for the award, a winner of which will be chosen in September.
The designers picked come from all over the world with businesses from the UK, America, South Africa, China, Albania, France and Colombia all represented. They were chosen in the prize’s first-ever public vote, which saw over 30,000 people take part to pick their winner out of the 20 semi-finalists.
A number of the designers in the final are already on the way to becoming household names. This includes Christopher John Rogers, who was worn by Vice President Kamala Harris during January’s US inauguration, as well as Bianca Saunders, a British designer who has been making waves in menswear for some time. Also up for the prize are: Charles de Vilmorin, Conner Ives, KidSuper’s Colm Dillane, Kika Vargas, Lukhanyo Mdingi, Nensi Dojaka and Rui Zhou.
The winner of the prize will receive a year of personalised mentoring from the LVMH Group plus a €300,000 grant to help them develop their brand, while all the finalists will all have the opportunity to work with LVMH-owned retailer 24S and with Ssense on a capsule collection.
The organisation is hopeful that all of the finalists will be able to meet up together in Paris this September, where a winner will be chosen. Last year’s event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, meaning a winner was never picked and all eight finalists split the prize.
From Harper’s Bazaar UK