LVMH Prize 2021 Finalists : Bianca Saunders, Charles de Vilmorin, Christopher John Rogers, Conner Ives, Colm Dillane of KidSuper, Kika Vargas, Lukhanyo Mdingi, Nensi Dojaka, and Rui’s Rui Zhou.
LVMH since 2014 organized this Prize for support of emerging designers. The Group has reaffirmed its commitment with the creation of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. Unprecedented in its concept, content and international scope, the LVMH Prize rewards, each year, a creator particularly remarkable for his talent, selected by a jury made up of artistic directors from our Houses.
“The ambition of the LVMH Young Fashion Designers Prize is to encourage vitality and creativity in the world of fashion on an international scale. It is our responsibility, as a leader in our sector, to discover young talent and help them develop”, – said Declared Delphine Arnault, Deputy Managing Director of Louis Vuitton.
LVMH Prize announced finalists 2021. The most talented designers according to public votes are coming from all over the world – New York, London, Paris, South Africa, China, and for the first time Albania (Dojaka) and Colombia (Vargas).
“This class of nine finalists is a wonderful snapshot of today’s and tomorrow’s fashion. These young designers are all talented, of course, but also committed and realists. During this semi-final, each of them showed in their own way a very personal and accomplished creative universe,” Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton and founder of the LVMH Prize. “A wonderful wave of optimism in a changing world.”
The prize’s first-ever public vote, in which over 32,000 people voted for their favorites among the 20 semi-finalists, helped convince the committee to grow the number of finalists. “We hope that the evolving conditions will allow us to all meet in September at the Louis Vuitton Foundation.
This gathering of the candidates and the jury is always a very powerful moment,” said Delphine Arnault. “For young designers, meeting the members of such a jury, made up of talents from the most famous fashion houses in the world, is essential: The finalists of previous years all tell us how key that moment proved to be for their career and journey.”
The winner of the LVMH Prize is offered a grant of 300,000 euros and personalized assistance for the development of his company by a dedicated team within the Group for twelve months from the awarding of the LVMH Prize, in all areas of expertise needed by a young fashion house (production and distribution, image and communication, marketing, intellectual property, etc.).
LVMH also recognizes three young fashion school graduates by offering them the opportunity, for one year, to join the creative team of one of the Group’s Houses.