On Thursday, LVMH released the shortlist of 30 designers who are in the running to win the first Young Fashion Designer Prize: a €300,000 grant that comes complete with a year of mentoring.
LVMH received 1,221 applications from all over the world, and aside from finalists hailing from the fashion capitals of London, New York, Paris and Milan, designers from Russia, Ukraine, Nigeria, Korea and the Netherlands also made the cut. A few of the designers on the list were previously considered for the similar CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund program, with Tim Coppens and Suno making the final round and Creatures of the Wind taking home the runner-up prize in 2011.
The next step in the process takes place during Paris Fashion Week, when LVMH will fly all 30 semifinalists to the city to present eight pieces from their newest collections to a group of 40 expert judges (which include the likes of Linda Fargo, Katie Grand, Natalie Massenet and Carine Roitfeld). The judges will then vote and narrow the pool down to 10 remaining contestants. In May, the top 10 will make final presentations to the jury -- which includes Phoebe Philo, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Marc Jacobs and Karl Lagerfeld -- after which a winner will be announced.
Read on for the full list of the 30 LVMH Prize finalists.
Anna October (Ukraine) Atto (Paris) CG by Chris Gelinas (New York) Christopher Shannon (London) Craig Green (London) Creatures of the Wind (New York) Gabriele Colangelo (Italy) Hellen Van Rees (The Netherlands) Honest by (Antwerp) Hood by Air (New York) J. JS Lee (London) Jacquemus (Paris) Kye (Seoul) Lena Lumerlsky (Antwerp) Maki Oh (Nigeria) Marques' Almeida (London) Meadham Kirchhoff (London) Minju Kim (Antwerp) Miuniku (India) Orange Culture (Nigeria) Ostwald Helgason (London) Paskal (Ukraine) Simone Rocha (London) Stella Jean (Italy) Suno (New York) Thomas Tait (London) Tillmann Lauterbach (Paris) Tim Coppens (New York) Vika Gazinskaya (Moscow)