Following a 2016 edition that saw the Anglo-Jamaican designer Grace Wales Bonner take home the top prize and a special prize awarded to the Canadian designer Vejas Kruszewski — two winners who emerged from over a thousand candidatures submitted from around the world — the LVMH Group is pleased to launch the fourth edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.
The jury for the 2017 edition welcomes a new member with the arrival of Maria Grazia Chiuri, who was named Artistic Director of Dior in July 2016. The panel is composed of 12 people, including nine artistic directors from the LVMH Group: Jonathan Anderson (Loewe), Maria Grazia Chiuri (Dior), Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs), Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Kenzo), Phoebe Philo (Céline), and Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy). Delphine Arnault (Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton), Jean-Paul Claverie (advisor to Bernard Arnault and Director of Patronage at LVMH) and Pierre-Yves Roussel (Chairman and CEO of the LVMH Fashion Group) complete the panel.
Seven new personalities have also joined the international selection committee: Hidetoshi Nakata, (Football and Fashion Icon), Michel Gaubert (Sound Designer), Ikram Goldman (Founder and CEO of ikram), Dennis Freedman (Barneys New York Creative Director), Derek Blasberg (Journalist), Anne-Florence Schmitt (Editor of Madame Figaro) and Frédéric Bodenes (Art Director of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche).
The committee of experts selects the eight LVMH Prize finalists. It is composed of 40 world-renowned fashion professionals, photographers, buyers, journalists, stylists and models such as Carine Roitfeld, Suzy Menkes, Linda Fargo, Karlie Kloss, Angelica Cheung and Sarah Mower.
Says Delphine Arnault, «With this fourth edition of the LVMH Prize, the Group is pleased to be able to count on the loyalty of so many professionals and exceptional artistic directors in supporting young designers. As the industry leader, it is the LVMH Group’s responsibility to spot tomorrow’s talents and offer them the means to grow.»
Endowed with a 300,000-euro grant, the LVMH Prize offers the winning designer a yearlong mentorship with personalized coaching in business development by a dedicated, in-house team. The mentorship is effective for twelve consecutive months from the date of the awards ceremony and includes support in all the areas of expertise that can benefit a young fashion brand (intellectual property, sourcing, production and distribution, image and communication, marketing, etc.).
In addition, the LVMH Prize recognizes three young fashion school graduates, who receive the opportunity to join the creative team at one of the Group’s Maisons for a period of one year and a grant of 10,000 euros each.
The LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers is open to designers aged 40 and under who have produced and sold at least two women’s or men’s ready-to-wear collections. Applications are welcome starting today and may be submitted only through the LVMH Prize website, www.lvmhprize.com, through February 5, 2017.
The jury will announce the winner at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in June 2017.
Prize launch: January 13th, 2017
Online applications for designers: January 13th – February 5th, 2017
Online applications for graduates: January 13th – February 5th, 2017
Selection of the eight finalists: March 2nd and 3rd, 2017
Winner selected by the Jury: mid-June 2017
Maria Grazia Chiuri
Panel of Experts
Emmanuelle Alt, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris (Paris)
Imran Amed, Founder and Editor of Business of Fashion (London)
Sarah Andelman, Creative Director of Colette (Paris)
Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar US (New York)
Fabien Baron, Art Director, Founder of Baron & Baron (New York)
Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large of Business of Fashion (London)
Derek Blasberg, Journalist (New York)
Frédéric Bodenes, Art Director of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche (Paris)
Angelica Cheung, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue China (Beijing)
Alexandre de Betak, Founder of Bureau Betak (Paris)
Godfrey Deeny, Editor at Large, Fashion, for Le Figaro (Paris)
Patrick Demarchelier, Photographer (New York)
Babeth Djian, Editor-in-Chief of Numéro (Paris)
Miroslava Duma, Founder of Buro24/7 (Moscow)
Linda Fargo, Senior Vice President of Bergdorf Goodman (New York)
Dennis Freedman, Barneys New York Creative Director (New York)
Jo-Ann Furniss, Writer, Editor and Creative Director (London)
Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Synergies (Paris)
Stephen Gan, Founder of Fashion Media Group LLC (New York)
Michel Gaubert, Sound Designer (Paris)
Julie Gilhart, Consultant (New York)
Ikram Goldman, Founder and CEO of ikram (Chicago)
Jefferson Hack, Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Dazed Group (London)
Laure Hériard Dubreuil, Founder and Chief Executive of the Webster (Miami)
Cathy Horyn, Editorialist at The Cut (New York)
Sylvia Jorif, Journalist at ELLE Magazine (Paris)
Karlie Kloss, Supermodel (New York)
Hirofumi Kurino, Creative Director of United Arrows (Tokyo)
Susie Lau, Journalist and Founder of StyleBubble.com (New York)
Linda Loppa, Adviser Strategy & Vision Polimoda Paris Platform (Paris)
Pat McGrath, Makeup Artist (New York)
Suzy Menkes, Vogue International Editor (Paris and New York)
Virginie Mouzat, Fashion Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair France (Paris)
Sarah Mower, Contributing Editor of Vogue US (London)
Hidetoshi Nakata, Football and Fashion Icon (Tokyo)
Peter Philips, Makeup Artist (Antwerp)
Gaia Repossi, Creative Director of Repossi (Paris)
Carine Roitfeld, Founder of CR Fashion Book (Paris)
Marie-Amelie Sauvé, Stylist and Editor of Mastermind (Paris)
Anne-Florence Schmitt, Editor of Madame Figaro (Paris)
Carla Sozzani, Founder of 10 Corso Como (Milan)
Stefano Tonchi, Editor-in-Chief of W Magazine (New York)
Natalia Vodianova, Supermodel and Philanthropist (Paris)
Grace Wales Bonner (Winner 2016)
Vejas (Special Prize 2016)
Marques’Almeida (Winner 2015)
Jacquemus (Special Prize 2015)
Thomas Tait (Winner 2014)
Hood by Air (Special Prize 2014)
Miuniku (Special Prize 2014)
LVMH: 25 years of passion for creativity and support for young fashion talents
Over the nearly 25 years since the founding of LVMH, the Group’s brands have all been inspired by a passion for creativity and innovation while nourishing an exceptional heritage rooted in time-honored savoir-faire. As Bernard Arnault puts it: “Innovation is more powerful when it springs from a preserved heritage.”
In métiers as diverse as fashion, jewelry, perfumes, leather goods, winemaking or watches, LVMH brands and designers stand apart in their quest for excellence, and their unique passion for innovation, invention and creativity.
Because both its roots and future are intimately linked to creativity, LVMH and its brands have always actively nourished creative talent. Creativity is one of the Group’s core values, guiding all its teams, from designers to noses to cellar masters. This engagement inspires all LVMH houses to actively support creativity in every form. The Louis Vuitton Foundation for contemporary art opened to the public in October this year, for that reason, in a sumptuous building created by Frank Gehry, adding to LVMH’s lasting sponsorship of the arts.
Motivated by this “passion for creativity”, LVMH has for many years supported the world of fashion globally through corporate philanthropic initiatives (which will continue following the launch of the new LVMH Prize), including:
- The ANDAM Fashion Awards (Association Nationale de Développement des Arts de la Mode)
- The Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival
- Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London
- The investment fund for young designers created by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Today, this same passion has led the LVMH Group to launch the LVMH Young Fashion Designers Prize. This initiative helps drive the momentum and emergence of fresh talent that are essential to the vitality and diversity of the fashion ecosystem, a role that is perfectly in phase with the responsibilities of a Group that has become the world leader in luxury.