It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a decade since Thomas Tait one the very first LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. Launched in 2014 by the global luxury conglomerate, LVMH began the initiative as a means to foster the talents of tomorrow. Selecting eight creative designers from LVMH brands to elect the most promising talents, the prize provides not only financial support for growing burgeoning brands but also mentoring programs from the biggest names in fashion. Since it launched, previous winners like Grace Wales Bonner, and Marine Serre has grown their brands exponentially and have become household names themselves.
With its tenth anniversary on the horizon, the LVMH Prize has just announced its semi-finalists. A cohort of international talents, 22 semi-finalists from 15 countries are all in the running to win the esteemed accolade. They will present their collections to the LVMH jury in Paris on the 2 and 3 of March. Like past editions, the winner will receive 300,000 euros and a year-long mentorship by the LVMH team.
‘The 22 semi-finalists are all driven by a very innovative vision and also show great creativity’, says Delphine Arnault. ‘The fluidity between menswear and womenswear is another key feature this year since no fewer than nine designers create genderless collections. Values of inclusivity and diversity showcased in the selection also echo the turn taken by the fashion and luxury industries,’ she says on what makes the 10th edition of the prize different from the past.
The 22 semi-finalists are:
Aaron Esh by Aaron Esh, United Kingdom, menswear.
Anne Isabella by Anne Isabella, France, womenswear.
Bettter by Julie Pelipas, Ukraine, womenswear.
Bloke by Faith Oluwajimi, Nigeria, genderless.
Burc Akyol by Burs Akyol, France, womenswear, menswear and genderless.
Charlie Constantinou by Charlie Constantinou, United Kingdom, menswear and genderless.
Diotima by Rachel Scott, Jamaica, womenswear.
Joao Maraschin by Joao Maraschin, Brazil, womenswear and menswear.
Johanna Parv by Johanna Parv, Estonia, womenswear.
Juntae Kim by Juntae Kim, South Korea, genderless.
Karu Research by Kartik Kumra, Indi, menswear.
Kusikohc by Giseok Cho, South Korea, genderless collections.
Louis Shengtao Chen by Louis Shengtao Chen, China, Womenswear.
Luar by Raul Lopez, United States, womenswear, menswear, and genderless.
Magliano by Luca Magliano, Italy, menswear.
Marrknull by Wei Wang and Tian Shi, China, genderless.
Namesake by Michael, Richard and Steve Hsieh, Taiwan, menswear and genderless.
Paolina Russo by Paolina Russo, Canada, and Lucile Guilmard, France, womenswear.
Quira by Veronica Leoni, Italy, womenswear.
Setchu by Satoshi Kuwata, Japan, genderless.
Stinarand by Stina Randestad, Sweden, genderless.
Water Tominaga by Water Tominara, Japan, genderless.
Head to lvmhprize.com to learn more about the semi-finalists.