On Friday LVMH named the 20 semi-finalists competing for this year’s LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, which includes a year of mentorship by LVMH and €400,000 ($431,466) in prize money. Semi-finalists include New York-based womenswear designer Elena Velez; Everard Best and Tela D’Amore Best, the duo behind Who Decides War; Mexican designer Patricio Campillo’s Campillo (formerly known as The Pack); Swedish designer Ellen Hodakova Larson, founder of upcycling-centric label Hodakova; and Derek Cheng and Alex Po, the designers behind Hong Kong-based Ponder.er.
The semi-finalists will present their collections in Paris on Feb. 29 and Mar. 1. From there, the LVMH Prize Committee of Experts will select the eight finalists. Past winners include Marine Serre, Grace Wales Bonner and Thebe Magugu.
This year, in addition to the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers and runner-up Karl Lagerfeld Prize (which includes mentorship and a €200,000 prize), LVMH is introducing the Savoir-Faire Prize, for the young brand exhibiting craftsmanship and technical prowess. The winner will receive a €200,000 prize and access to a skills-based mentorship programme.
See the full list of semi-finalists below:
Agbobly By Jacques Agbobly, Togo, womenswear and menswear
Aubero By Julian Louie, United States, menswear
Campillo By Patricio Campillo, Mexico, menswear
Chiahung Su By Chia Hung Su, Taiwan, genderless collections
Duran Lantink By Duran Lantink, The Netherlands, womenswear, menswear and genderless collections
Elena Velez By Elena Velez, United States, womenswear
Fidan Novruzova By Fidan Novruzova, Moldova, womenswear
Hodakova By Ellen Hodakova Larsson, Sweden, womenswear
Jiyongkim By Jiyong Kim, South Korea, menswear
Karoline Vitto By Karoline Vitto, Brazil, womenswear
Khoki By Koki Abe, Japan, menswear
Marie Adam-Leenaerdt By Marie Adam-Leenaerdt, Belgium, womenswear
Niccolò Pasqualetti By Niccolò Pasqualetti, Italy, genderless collections
Paolo Carzana By Paolo Carzana, United Kingdom, womenswear and menswear
Pauline Dujancourt By Pauline Dujancourt, France, womenswear
Ponder.Er By Derek Cheng And Alex Po, China, genderless collections
Standing Ground By Michael Stewart, Ireland, womenswear
Vautrait By Yonathan Carmel, Israel, womenswear
Who Decides War By Everard Best And Tela D’amore Best, United States, womenswear and menswear
Ya Yi By Yayi Chen Zhou, Spain, womenswear
Satoshi Kuwata’s Setchu Wins the 2023 LVMH Prize
The Savile Row-trained Japanese designer will receive a grant of €400,000 and mentoring by luxury’s biggest group. Italy’s Magliano and London-based Bettter, winners of the runner-up Karl Lagerfeld prize, will receive €200,000 each.
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