The fourth edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers saw a drive in applications, resulting in approximately 1,200 candidates from 90 countries.
Twenty one designers have been shortlisted by the selection committee of the Prize, under the supervision of Delphine Arnault, who states: “The increasing numbers of candidates for the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers prove once more the enthusiasm generated by the Prize, which is strongly committed to its international dimension. For the 2017 edition, we have selected 21 designers from Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, New-Zealand, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. They will meet in Paris on March 2 and 3, 2017, to showcase their work for the benefit of the experts and the members of a remarkable jury, who will assist them. Menswear asserts its strong presence in the selection, alongside women’s inspiring collections, strong on high-grade know-how. This year, two distinct characteristics stand out among the propositions of the candidates: first, streetwear in various forms influences many collections; and second, the gender diversity of the designs is emblematic of this edition. Boldness is the keyword of the creations of these 21 young designers. LVMH felt a duty to create this Prize that rewards young designers but above all nurtures tomorrow’s talent.”
Among the fashion designers selected in the fourth edition of the LVMH Prize, 10 design menswear, 9 womenswear exclusively while 2 design unisex collections.
The 21 designers have been invited to meet our 45 international fashion experts who will pick 8 finalists during a showroom that will take place on March 2 and 3 in Paris.
The LVMH Prize will be awarded by the Jury on June 16 at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Moreover, three young graduates from fashion schools will be awarded the Graduate Prize that remains open to applications until May 15, 2017.
List of the 21 pre-selected designers
ABASI ROSBOROUGH by Greg Rosborough (American designer based in New York). Menswear, showing in New York.
AMBUSH by Yoon Ahn (American designer based in Tokyo). Unisex collections, showing in New York.
ANGUS CHIANG by Angus Chiang (Taiwanese designer based in Taiwan). Menswear, showing in Tokyo.
ATLEIN by Antonin Tron (French designer based in Paris). Womenswear, showing in Paris.
BLINDNESS by JiSun Park (Korean designer based in Seoul). Menswear, showing in Paris.
CECILIE BAHNSEN by Cecilie Rosted Bahnsen (Danish designer based in Copenhagen). Womenswear, showing in Copenhagen.
CHARLES JEFFREY LOVERBOY by Charles Jeffrey (British designer based in London). Menswear, showing in London.
DANIEL W. FLETCHER by Daniel Fletcher (British designer based in London). Menswear, showing in London.
DILARA FINDIKOGLU by Dilara Findikoglu (Turkish designer based in London). Womenswear, showing in London.
GMBH by Serhat Isik (German collective based in Berlin). Unisex collections, showing in Berlin.
JAHNKOY by Maria Kazakova (Russian designer based in New York). Menswear, showing in New York.
KATHERINE MAVRIDIS by Katherine Mavridis (Australian designer based in New York). Womenswear, showing in New York.
KOZABURO by Kozaburo Akasaka (Japanese designer based in Tokyo). Menswear, showing in Tokyo.
MAGGIE MARILYN by Maggie Hewitt (New Zealand designer based in Auckland). Womenswear, showing in Paris.
MARINE SERRE by Marine Serre (French designer based in Paris). Womenswear, showing in Paris.
MARTINE ROSE STUDIOS LIMITED by Martine Rose (British designer based in London). Menswear, showing in London.
MOLLY GODDARD by Molly Goddard (British designer based in London). Womenswear, showing in London.
NABIL NAYAL by Nabil el-Nayal (British designer based in London). Womenswear, showing in London.
PALOMO SPAIN by Alejandro Gomez Palomo (Spanish designer based in Cordoba). Menswear, showing in New York.
RICHARD MALONE by Richard Malone (Irish designer based in London). Womenswear, showing in London.
SULVAM by Teppei Fujita (Japanese designer based in Tokyo). Menswear, showing in Tokyo.
LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers calendar:
- Prize launch: January 13, 2017
- Online applications for Young Fashion Designers: January 13 – February 5, 2017
- Online applications for Young Graduates: January 13 – May 15, 2017
- Selection of the eight finalists: March 2, 2017
- Winner selected by the Jury: June 16, 2017
Maria Grazia Chiuri
Panel of experts
– Emmanuelle Alt, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris (Paris)
– Imran Amed, Founder and Editor of Business of Fashion (London)
– Sarah Andelman, Creative Director of Colette (Paris)
– Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar US (New York)
– Fabien Baron, Art director, Founder of Baron & Baron (New York)
– Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large for Business of Fashion (London)
– Derek Blasberg, Journalist ((New York)
– Alexandre de Betak, Founder of Bureau Betak (Paris)
– Frédéric Bodenes, Art director of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche (Paris)
– Angelica Cheung, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue China (Beijing)
– Godfrey Deeny, Editor at Large, Fashion, for Le Figaro (Paris)
– Patrick Demarchelier, Photographer (New York)
– Babeth Djian, Editor-in-Chief of Numéro (Paris)
– Miroslava Duma, Founder and CEO of Fashion Tech Labs (Moscow)
– Linda Fargo, Senior Vice President of Bergdorf Goodman (New York)
– Dennis Freedman, Creative Director ((New York)
– Jo-Ann Furniss, Writer, editor and creative director (London)
– Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Synergies (Paris)
– Stephen Gan, Founder of Fashion Media Group LLC (New York)
– Michel Gaubert, Sound designer (Paris)
– Julie Gilhart, Consultant (New York)
– Ikram Goldman, Founder and CEO of ikram (Chicago)
– Jefferson Hack, Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Dazed Group (London)
– Laure Hériard Dubreuil, Founder and Chief Executive of the Webster (Miami)
– Cathy Horyn, Editorialist at the Cut (New York)
– Kendall Jenner, Top model (Los Angeles)
– Adrian Joffe, Chief Executive Officer of Dover Street Market International (London)
– Sylvia Jorif, Journalist at ELLE Magazine (Paris)
– Karlie Kloss, Top model and philanthropist (New York)
– Hirofumi Kurino, Creative Director of United Arrows (Tokyo)
– Susie Lau, Journalist and Founder of StyleBubble.com (New York)
– Linda Loppa, Adviser Strategy & Vision at Polimoda Paris Platform (Paris)
– Pat McGrath, Makeup Artist (New York)
– Suzy Menkes, Vogue International Editor (Paris and New York)
– Virginie Mouzat, Fashion Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair France (Paris)
– Sarah Mower, Contributing Editor of Vogue US (London)
– Hidetoshi Nakata, Football and fashion Icon (Tokyo)
– Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Christian Dior Makeup (Antwerp)
– Gaia Repossi, Creative Director of Repossi (Paris)
– Carine Roitfeld, Founder of CR Fashion Book (Paris)
– Marie-Amelie Sauvé, Stylist and Editor of Mastermind (Paris)
– Anne‐Florence Schmitt, Editor of Madame Figaro (Paris)
– Carla Sozzani, Founder of 10 Corso Como (Milan)
– Stefano Tonchi, Editor-in-Chief of W magazine (New York)
– Natalia Vodianova, Supermodel and Philanthropist (Paris)
- Grace Wales Bonner (Winner 2016)
- Vejas (Special Prize 2016)
- Marques’Almeida (Winner 2015)
- Jacquemus (Special Prize 2015)
- Thomas Tait (Winner 2014)
- Hood by Air (Special Prize 2014)
- Miuniku (Special Prize 2014)
LVMH celebrates 25 years of promoting young fashion designers
Over the 25 years since the foundation of LVMH, the Maisons in the Group have all been inspired by a passion for creativity and innovation while nourishing an exceptional heritage rooted in time-honored know-how. As Bernard Arnault explains: “Innovation is more powerful when it springs from a preserved heritage.”
In métiers as diverse as fashion, jewelry, perfumes, leather goods, winemaking or watches, LVMH brands and designers stand apart in their quest for excellence, and their unique passion for innovation, invention and creativity.
Because both its roots and future are intimately linked to creativity, LVMH and its brands have always actively nourished creative talent. Creativity is one of the Group’s core values, guiding all its teams, from designers to noses to cellar masters. This engagement inspires all LVMH houses to actively support creativity in every form. For that reason, the Louis Vuitton Foundation for contemporary art opened to the public in October 2014 in a sumptuous building created by Frank Gehry, adding to LVMH’s lasting sponsorship of the arts.
Motivated by this “passion for creativity”, LVMH has for many years supported the world of fashion globally through corporate philanthropic initiatives (which will continue following the launch of the new LVMH Prize), including:
- the ANDAM Fashion Awards (Association Nationale de Développement des Arts de la Mode)
- the Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival
- Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London
- the investment fund for young designers created by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
This same passion has led the LVMH Group to launch the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. This initiative helps drive the momentum and emergence of fresh talent that is essential to the vitality and diversity of the fashion ecosystem, a role that is perfectly in phase with the responsibilities of the world leader in luxury.