The LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a record number of entries from all over the world. With over 2,400 candidates applying for the 2023 edition, the competition is confirming its success and international influence. 22 young brands were selected from 15 countries including Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and, for the first time, Brazil and Jamaica.
“We are also very happy to welcome a Ukrainian candidate, Julie Pelipas, with her upcycling brand Bettter, among the 22 semi-finalists,” said Delphine Arnault, Chairman and CEO of Christian Dior Couture.
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The 22 semi-finalists will present their collections and creative worlds at a showroom in Paris on March 2 and 3, 2023. This year, the LVMH Prize will be held digitally and in a participatory manner on the dedicated website lvmhprize.com. From March 1 to 5, the public will be able to discover the designers and vote for their favorite candidate, with the votes counting as one vote in addition to the votes of the experts.
During the semi-final, the International Committee of Experts of the LVMH Prize, made up of specialists from the fashion world and the public, will vote to select the eight finalists. Arnault added, “The 22 semi-finalists are all driven by a very innovative vision and also show great creative maturity. Many of them place the culture and craftsmanship of their native country at the heart of their design approach. Eco-responsibility is also a major stake for them as they use innovative or recycled materials, and embracea more local and ethical production system. The fluidity between menswear and womenswear is anot her key feature this year, since no fewer than nine designers create genderless collections. Values of inclusivity and diversity showcased in the selection also echo the turn taken by the fashion and luxury industries.”
The annual design award has helped propel the careers of talents such as Marine Serre, Nensi Dojaka, Thebe Magugu, Simon Porte Jacquemus, and Grace Wales Bonner. The winner of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers will receive a 300,000 euro endowment and a a year-long mentorship by a dedicated LVMH team.
In addition to the main award, the Karl Lagerfeld Prize will reward a young designer with 150,000 euros and a year of mentoring. The Prize also recognizes three young fashion school graduates by offering them and their school a 10,000 euro scholarship. The winning graduates will spend a year in the design studio of one of the group’s companies, including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Givenchy, and more.
New panelists for the 2023 edition include casting director Piergiorgio Del Moro, Vogue editors Tiffany Godoy and Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, stylists Harry Lambert and Law Roach, and Lina Kutsovskaya, founder and creative director of Be Good Studios. The LVMH Prize promises to be exceptional, showcasing the talent and diversity of young fashion creators from around the world.
Here is the list of 22 candidates selected for the semi-final:
Aaron Esh, U.K
Charlie Constantinou, U.K (also genderless)
Joao Maraschin, Brazil (also womenswear)
Karu Research by Kartik Kumra, India
Magliano by Luca Magliano, Italy
Namesake by Michael, Richard and Steve Hsieh, Taiwan (also genderless)
Anne Isabella, France
Bettter by Julie Pelipas, Ukraine
Diotima by Rachel Scott, Jamaica
Johanna Parv, Estonia
Louis Shengtao Chen, China
Paolina Russo by Paolina Russo, Canada, and Lucile Guilmard, France
Quira by Veronica Leoni, Italy
Bloke by Faith Oluwajimi, Nigeria
Burc Akyol, France (also womenswear and menswear)
Juntae Kim, South Korea
Kusikohc by Giseok Cho, South Korea
Luar by Raul Lopez, U.S (also womenswear and menswear)
Marrknull by Wei Wang and Tian Shi, China
Setchu by Satoshi Kuwata, Japan
Stinarand by Stina Randestad, Sweden
Wataru Tominaga, Japan
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