This year, the LVMH Prize For Young Fashion Designers, which under the patronage of LVMH since 2013 has contributed to supporting young designers, held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 20 selected semi-finalists showcased their collections via a virtual showroom from April 6 to 11 at the LVMHprize.com website and for the first time the public voted on its favorite candidate, together with a committee of experts. The panel of experts included this year: model Bella Hadid, editor-in-chief Samira Nasr of Harper’s Bazaar US, actress Léa Seydoux, fashion director Aleksandra Woroniecka of Vogue Paris and editor-in-chief Margaret Zhang of Vogue China. Also tennis champion Naomi Osaka joined the jury as the new ambassador of the LVMH Prize.
“I am very grateful to all the candidates from more than 110 countries for taking part in this year’s competition,” said Delphine Arnault, founder of the LVMH Prize and executive vice president of Louis Vuitton. “All the semi-finalists have incorporated a responsible stance in their creative vision: use of innovative or traditional materials, upcycling, recycled fibres, artisanal and local approaches. These initiatives echo the shift in the fashion and luxury industries.”
“Among the semi-finalists, seven do womenswear, five menswear, and two do both womenswear and menswear. Six of them design genderless collections. This edition also saw the return of knitwear, body-conscious garments and the celebration of color among certain designers,” explained Arnault.
The 20 semi-finalists come from China, France, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, Albania and Colombia, representing a great diversity of cultures and talents.
The winner will receive a 300,000 euro prize and a year of mentorship from designers and experts within LVMH; the winner of the Karl Lagerfeld special prize will receive a 150,000-euro sum and a year of mentorship.
Here are the 2021 LVMH Prize semi-finalists:
AGR by Alicia Robinson, womenswear and menswear, British designer based in London Bianca Saunders, menswear, British designer based in London Charles de Vilmorin, genderless collections, French designer based in Paris Christopher John Rogers, womenswear, American designer based in New York Conner Ives, womenswear, American designer based in London Federico Cina, genderless collections, designer italian based in Sarsina Kidsuper by Colm Dillane, menswear, American designer based in New York Kika Vargas, womenswear, Colombian designer based in Bogota Lagos Space Programme by Adeju Thompson, genderless collections, Nigerian designer based in Lagos Lukhanyo Mdingi, womenswear and menswear, South African designer based in Cape Town Midorikawa by Taku Midorikawa, genderless collections, Japanese designer based in Tokyo Nensi Dojaka, womenswear, Albanian designer based in London Post Archive Faction (PAF) by Dongjoon Lim, menswear, South Korean designer based in Seoul Renaissance Renaissance by Cynthia Merhej, womenswear, Lebanese designer based in Beyrouth Rier by Andreas Steiner, genderless collections, Italian designer based in Paris Rui by Rui Zhou, genderless collections, Chinese designer based in Shanghai Saul Nash, menswear, British designer based in London Shuting Qiu, womenswear, Chinese designer based in Shanghai Taakk by Takuya Morikawa, menswear, Japanese designer based in Tokyo Wed by Amy Trinh and Evan Phillips, womenswear, British designers based in London