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Announcing the 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize Finalists

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The 13 finalists for the 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize have been selected. Following a vote by a jury comprising senior executives from Vogue Arabia, the Dubai Design & Fashion Council, and both the regional and international fashion community, five ready-to-wear designers, five accessories designers, and three high jewelry designers have been chosen from a pool of more than 100 applicants from 13 countries across the region.

The first of its kind in the Middle East, the Fashion Prize endowment was launched in 2015 to support regional designers by offering a global platform for emerging talent. “Investing in emerging talent is one of Vogue Arabia’s most important goals,” said Vogue Arabia’s Editor-in-Chief, Manuel Arnaut. “Through programs such as the Fashion Prize, we’re able to showcase our region’s budding talents, now including the high jewelry category, and to highlight the Arab world’s potential on a global stage. Our inspirational selection committee will also help to expand the awareness of these young brands.”

Thirteen of the region’s rising designers will now compete for the 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize. The winners of the ready-to-wear, accessories, and high jewelry categories will share an endowment valued at more than US $250,000. The prize includes a financial production grant, retail distribution from partners including Harvey Nichols – Dubai and Bloomingdale’s Kuwait, substantial media coverage from Vogue Arabia and other publications, mentorship from the selection committee, and a Vogue ad campaign for the Spring 2018 launch. The three winners will be announced at a gala event in November.

Jazia Aldanhani, CEO of the Dubai Design & Fashion Council, said: “The Dubai Design & Fashion Council is committed to encouraging and supporting designers in the region to further elevate and develop the design industry. We’re excited for another edition of the DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize, a successful initiative that is testimony to the incredible talent of our community. We wish our finalists the best of luck.”

Below, reveals the 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize ready-to-wear, accessory, and high jewelry design finalists. Head to for in-depth coverage and to follow each designer’s journey through the competition, or on social media at the #FashionPrize hashtag. Good luck to all of the finalists!

Editor’s Note: Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Gaelle Khouri has stepped down from the 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize. Gafla Jewellery will instead be a competing finalist within the High Jewelry category.

Vogue Arabia Announces the 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize

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