LVMH announces the Names of Finalists and Jury Members of the 2019 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers

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On March 27, 2019, LVMH announced the list of finalists of the 2019 edition of LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. Out of 20 young semi-finalists that presented their collections in Paris on March 1st and 2nd, 2019, a panel of 63 experts selected the eight designers that will be presenting their collection at the Foundation Louis Vuitton in front of the prestigious final jury in June 2019. 

Delphine Arnault, executive vice-president of Louis Vuitton, prides herself of the diversity of the candidates that participated to this year’s edition of the competition: It’s the first edition that welcomed two African candidates from Nigeria and South Africa, as well as an Israeli candidate at this stage of the competition. Mrs. Arnault noted as well the recurrence of two dominating themes among several finalists: the issue of sustainability and gender fluidity. 4 out of the eight finalists have designed genderless garments that could be worn by both men and women. The Vice-President could not help but spare a thought to Karl Lagerfeld, praising his creative genius and how inspiring and supportive he was with people who had the chance to work with him and stated that the LVMH Prize will not be quite the same now that he is gone.

The 8 finalists are:

ANREALAGE by Kunihiko Morinaga (Japanese womenswear designer, based in Tokyo)

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BETHANY WILLIAMS by Bethany Williams (British gender-neutral designer, based in London)

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BODE by Emily Adams Bode (American menswear designer, based in New York)

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HED MAYNER by Hed Mayner (Israeli gender-neutral designer, based in Tel Aviv)

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KENNETH IZE by Kenneth Izedonmwen (Nigerian gender-neutral designer, based in Lagos)

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PHIPPS by Spencer Phipps (American gender-neutral designer, based in Paris)

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STEFAN COOKE by Stefan Cooke and Jake Burt (British menswear designers, based in London)

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Image courtesy of Stefan Cooke & Jake Burt

THEBE MAGUGU by Thebe Magugu (South African womenswear designer, based in Johannesburg)

The Jury of the 2019 Prize is composed of:

  • Jonathan Anderson, Artistic Director of Loewe

  • Kris Van Assche, Artistic Director of Berluti

  • Maria Grazia Chiuri, Artistic Director of Christian Dior Couture

  • Nicolas Ghesquière, Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton

  • Marc Jacobs, Artistic Director of Marc Jacobs

  • Humberto Leon, Artistic Director of Kenzo

  • Carol Lim, Artistic Director of Kenzo

  • Clare Waight Keller, Artistic Director of Givenchy

  • Delphine Arnault, Executive Vice-President of Louis Vuitton

  • Jean-Paul Claverie, Advisor to Bernard Arnault and Director of Corporate Sponsorship at LVMH

  • Sidney Toledano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Fashion Group.

BY CELINE HADDAD
CELINE IS A FASHION DESIGNER BASED IN NYC.

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