Typically, the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers whittles its long list of applicants down to just eight finalists to compete in the final round. On Thursday, however, LVMH announced that there would be nine finalists for 2018, as the pool was so talented that many received the same amount of votes.
"The quality and the standard of the fifth edition of the LVMH Prize made it difficult for our experts to narrow down the selection," said LVMH exec Delphine Arnault in a statement. "As a result, we chose to extend the number of finalists to 9 rather than 8, since several of the semi-finalists obtained the same number of votes."
That level of talent is reflected in the final pool of brands, which features three womenswear labels, two menswear labels, two labels which design both womenswear and menswear, and three gender neutral labels. On June 6, these nine finalists will present their work to a jury that includes just about every major designer in the LVMH stable, including Haider Ackermann, J.W. Anderson, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Humberto Leon, Carol Lim and Clare Waight Keller.
Whoever they choose will join a group of buzzy, exciting designers: Marques'Almeida, Thomas Tait, Grace Wales Bonner and Marine Serre are all former LVMH Young Fashion Designer prize winners. The monetary reward of 300,000 euros (about $370,000 at current exchange) is just icing on the cake.
Click through the gallery below to learn more about the finalists competing for the 2018 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.