Brandon Maxwell, Astrid Andersen Among the 23 Young Designers for 2016 LVMH Prize

Nearly 1,000 designers from more than 50 countries entered for a spot.
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The 23 designers from the LVMH shortlist. Photo: LVMH

The 23 designers from the LVMH shortlist. Photo: LVMH

On Monday morning LVMH announced its third class of short list winners in the running for the 2016 LVMH Prize. The luxury company received nearly 1,000 entries from over 50 countries, including the U.S., Canada, China, England, Finland, Germany, Iran, Japan and Malaysia. "This is what defines the singularity of the LVMH Prize: it is the first fashion prize that is completely international and digital, and which can bring together in Paris individualities of such diverse, original stylistic expressions," said Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, in a statement.

Among the lucky designers hailing from the U.S. are Brandon Maxwell (who recently presented his second show at New York Fashion Week), Matthew Williams of the womenswear brand Alyx and New York-based, German-born designer Melitta Baumeister, whose namesake label is already a Dover Street Market favorite. Paris brand Koché and Astrid Andersen, who was a 2015 British Fashion Award nominee as an emerging menswear designer, have made the list for the second time this year. Each short list designer will have the opportunity to meet with the prize's panel of 41 industry experts, which includes Carine Roitfeld, Cathy Horyn, Linda Fargo, Tim Blanks and Marie-Amelie Sauvé.

On Mar. 2, eight out of the 23 designers will be chosen as finalists. The top winner, specially selected by the jury — Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Phoebe Philo and J.W. Anderson are among the judges — will be announced on June 16 and awarded with 300,000 euros (about $330,633), as well as a year of mentorship from LVMH. Last year's grand prize went to Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, the Portuguese designers behind London-based brand Marques'Almeida.

See below for the full list of designers:

Aalto, by Tuomas Merikoski (Finnish designer based in Paris). Womenswear presented in Paris.

Alex Mullins, by Alex Mullins (English designer based in London). Menswear presented in London.

Alyx, by Matthew Williams (American designer based in New York). Womenswear presented in New York.

Astrid Andersen, by Astrid Andersen (Danish designer based in Copenhagen). Menswear presented in London.

Brandon Maxwell, by Brandon Maxwell (American designer based in New York). Womenswear presented in New York.

Caitlin Price, by Caitlin Price (English designer based in London). Womenswear presented in London.

Cottweiler, by Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty (English designers based in London). Menswear presented in London.

Facetasm, by Hiromichi Ochiai (Japanese designer based in Tokyo). Womenswear and menswear presented in Tokyo.

Feng Chen Wang, by Fengchen Wang (Chinese designer based in London). Menswear presented in London and New York.

Koché, by Christelle Kocher (French designer based in Paris). Womenswear and menswear presented in Paris.

Koike, by Yuko Koike (Japanese designer based in Tokyo). Womenswear presented in Tokyo.

Männistö, by Julia Männistö (Finnish designer based in Berlin). Menswear presented in Berlin.

Melitta Baumeister, by Melitta Baumeister (German designer based in New York). Womenswear presented in New York.

Mikio Sakabe, by Mikio Sakabe (Japanese designer based in Tokyo). Womenswear and menswear presented in Tokyo.

Moto Guo, by Moto Guo (Malaysian designer based in Kuala Lumpur). Unisexwear presented in Florence and Paris.

Ms Min, by Min Liu (Chinese designer based in Xiamen). Womenswear presented in London and Paris.

Soshi Otsuki, by Soshi Otsuki (Japanese designer based in Tokyo). Menswear presented in Tokyo.

Vaqar, by Shirin and Shiva Vaqar (Iranian designers based in Tehran). Womenswear presented in Tehran.

Vejas, by Vejas Kruszewski (Canadian designer based in Toronto). Womenswear and menswear presented in New York.

Wales Bonner, by Grace Wales Bonner (English designer based in London). Womenswear and menswear presented in London.

Wanda Nylon, by Johanna Senyk (French designer based in Paris). Womenswear presented in Paris.

Xu Zhi, by Xuzhi Chen (Chinese designer based in London). Womenswear presented in London.

Y/Project, by Glenn Martens (Belgian designer based in Paris). Womenswear and menswear presented in Paris.

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