Following a prestigious cocktail party during Paris fashion week where big industry players got to meet the semi-finalists for the LVMH Prize, the finalists have today been announced. The group, which started with 21, is now down to just eight young designers competing for three potential winning spots—and this year’s competition features a talented bunch.
Two of the finalists, Maria Kazakova of Jahnkoy and Kozaburo Akasaka of Kozaburo, graduated from Parsons MFA program last year, and were spotlighted by FU’s EIC Katharine K. Zarrella in her review of the graduate show. Molly Goddard, a designer who has been garnering quite a bit of international attention for herself at London fashion week, has also made the cut.
Other finalists include Ambush by Yoon Ahn, Atlein by Antonin Tron, Cecilie Bahnsen by Cecilie Rosted Bahnsen, Marine Serre by Marine Serre, and Nabil Nayal by Nabil el-Nayal.
“This year, 5 out of the 8 finalists design womenswear. Men's and unisex collections also reflect the dynamism of gender-defying fashion,” said Delphine Arnault, Louis Vuitton’s executive vice president, and also one of the judges. “This year's selection clearly illustrates the existence of a truly international fashion, beyond borders.”
The final leg of the competition will see the designers presenting their work to jury comprised of designers including Karl Lagerfeld, Jonathan Anderson, Nicolas Ghesquière, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Marc Jacobs, and more on June 16, when a winner of a 300,000-euro grant and one-year mentorship will be announced. Meanwhile, the Graduate Prize, applications for which will be accepted through May 15, will see three young fashion school graduates awarded with a one-year position at an LVMH design studio.