Kerby Jean-Reymond of Pyer Moss was announced as the winner of the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. The designer accepted the prize of US $400,000 from Emily Blunt during a star-studded gala dinner at the Navy Yard in Brooklyn on Monday. The soiree was attended by judges Joseph Altuzarra (recipient of the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize), Eva Chen, and Diane von Furstenberg, alongside industry insiders including Cindy Bruna, Grace Bol, Shanina Shaik, Karlie Kloss, and more. The event was hosted by CFDA President and CEO Steven Kolb and Vogue US’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Established in 2013, Pyer Moss has already clinched a collaboration with Reebok as well as built up an impressive celebrity client list that comprises the likes of Tracee Ellis Ross and Issa Rae. The unisex label is lauded for churning out collections that celebrate black American culture, whilst bringing attention to important topics like mental illness, police brutality, and racism in its runway shows.
Emily Adams Bode of the menswear brand Bode and Jonathan Cohen were the two runners-up, with each awarded with a prize of US $150,000. Bode and Jonathan Cohen were founded in 2016 and 2011, respectively. The three winners were chosen among ten talented hopeful finalists, including Batsheva, Christian Cowan, Hunting Season, Luar, Matthew Adams Dolan, Rebecca de Ravenel, and Scosha.
“At a time when our world faces so many challenges, I’m impressed by this year’s winners,” said Wintour. “Their work highlights a high degree of creativity and a deep-rooted commitment to the notion of community. They’re not only a credit to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund as it celebrates its 15th anniversary, but also to the optimism and inclusivity of the very best American fashion.”
Congratulations to the winners!
Peruse the slides in the gallery below to see who wore what to last night’s ceremony.