Last weekend, LVMH revealed the 30 semifinalists for its newly founded LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize, who made the cut for the pre-final round in Paris on February 26th and 27th. There, the designers will be judged by a panel of experts, who will select the 10 finalists whose work will be judged at the end of May.
“I was extremely impressed by both the number and quality of the entrants. The online application process on the Prize website enabled designers from around the world to compete,” said Delphine Arnault, Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton and the Prize’s leading executive. “As we hoped, this selection process allowed us to discover new talents, some of whom were previously little known. I’m very excited about meeting them in Paris,” she added, emphasizing that 1,221 designers submitted applications.
The 30 selected young designers will gather in Paris during Fashion Week, were they will meet a panel of 40 international fashion industry leaders, including reputed experts such as Natalie Massenet (Founder of Net-a-Porter); Carla Sozzani (Founder of 10 Corso Como); Imran Amed (Founder and Editor of Business of Fashion); and Carine Roitfeld (CR Fashion Book). The final jury will include the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquière, Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo, Riccardo Tisci, Humberto Leon, and Carol Lim.
Among the selected semifinalists, some already well-respected young brands made the cut, including Stella Jean (Italy), Thomas Tait (Great Britain), Jacquemus (France), and Creatures of the Wind (USA), next to promising new talents such as Miuniku (India), Lena Lumelsky, and Maki Oh (Nigeria).
Other young designers who recently graduated have another month to apply for the “Graduates Prize” via the LVMH prize website. A full list of the semifinalists is available here.