Last year, it was Thomas Tait who clinched the first-ever LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. The prestigious win, which earned him a 300,000-euro grant and a one-year mentorship within LVMH, was decided by a panel of some of fashion’s biggest names. The hunt for the 2015 prizewinner is on, and LVMH has just announced the panel of experts who will be making the call.
The newest names to join the roster—45 people in total—are Emmanuelle Alt, Cathy Horyn, Suzy Menkes, Juergen Teller, Stefano Tonchi, Virginie Mouzat, Maria Luisa Poumaillou, Franca Sozzani, Susie Lau, Chiara Ferragni, and Anya Ziourova. They are in company with Sarah Andelman, Imran Amed, Natalie Massenet, Julie Gilhart, and Style.com editor at large Tim Blanks.
The group will be reviewing the 700-plus entries until the February 8 deadline. The final decision will then be made by the nine creative directors from various LVMH fashion houses: Jonathan Anderson (Loewe), Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs), Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Kenzo), Phoebe Philo (Céline), Raf Simons (Dior), and Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy). They’ll be joined by Delphine Arnault, Jean-Paul Claverie (adviser to Bernard Arnault and head of corporate philanthropy for LVMH), and Pierre-Yves Roussel (chairman and CEO of the LVMH Fashion Group).
—Kristin Tice Studeman, Style.com