Young Canadian fashion designer Thomas Tait has won the first edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. As the result of deliberations held behind closed doors at the headquarters of LVMH on Wednesday, May 28, Thomas Tait won the support of the prestigious jury comprised of Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Humberto Leon, Phoebe Philo, Raf Simons and Riccardo Tisci, as well as Delphine Arnault, Jean-Paul Claverie and Pierre-Yves Roussel.
Now based in London, Thomas Tait began his training in Montreal LaSalle High School before continuing his studies at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. His work was quickly singled out as promising: in 2010 he won the first Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize before seeing his Fall-Winter 2011 collection selected for the London Fashion Week.
"The Jury was captivated by the personality and the work of Thomas Tait. He is a great talent. I'm proud LVMH can help him develop his brand. I have no doubt though all the other Prize finalists will have an amazing journey and I wish them luck".
The young 26-years-old designer has charmed the jury with his creative vision and unique universe. Coming from a technical educational background, Thomas Tait’s reflects his formal approach with a rigorous structure couture-like tailoring.
The 300 000 euros and personalized expert support from LVMH will allow him to develop his label in the best possible conditions as noted Phoebe Philo during the award ceremony: "From what I understand, his company is very small and he will really benefit from the mentoring and the money. "