The Vogue Fashion Prize is an annual endowment granted to the most promising fashion, accessories, and jewelry design talents from across the Arab world. Beginning in 2020, the Fashion Prize will be strategically powered by NEOM, the giga-project located in the North-West of Saudi Arabia with a particular emphasis on fostering innovation and sustainability in the fashion sector.
The Fashion Prize was founded in 2015 and invigorates fashion and design talent by providing a program for emerging designers to showcase their abilities. It is overseen by a Selection Committee comprising senior leaders from Vogue Arabia and both the regional and international fashion communities.
Award finalists and ultimate winners are selected based on demonstrable talent, innovative use of technology and sustainable design methods, and capacity for future success.
Since 2015, hundreds of different designers from nearly 20 countries across the Arab world have applied to the Fashion Prize. Winners have included Hussein Bazaza (ready-to-wear), Reemami (ready-to-wear), Okhtein (accessories), Ralph Masri (fine jewelry), Faissal El-Malak (ready-to-wear), Joanna Laura Constantine (accessories / jewelry), and Nadine Ghosn (fine jewelry).
In 2020, the Fashion Prize will be open to ready-to-wear, couture, accessories, and jewelry designers from across the Arab world and Arab diaspora. The Fashion Prize will award winning designers with substantial financial grants, retail opportunities, editorial/press, marketing, and mentorship, collectively representing nearly US $500,000 in value. The winning designer will receive placement on Net-a-Porter. Furthermore, all 2020 finalists will be present at a Fashion Prize showroom during Paris Fashion Week in March 2021.