The Jury of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers - Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs), Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Humberto Leon (Kenzo), Phoebe Philo (Céline), Raf Simons (Dior), Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy) - as well as Delphine Arnault (Executive Vice-President of Louis Vuitton), Jean-Paul Claverie (Advisor to Bernard Arnault ) and Pierre-Yves Roussel (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the LVMH Fashion Division), have chosen Thomas Tait as winner of the very first 2014 edition of the Prize.
Delphine Arnault said: "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 300 000 euros grant comes with a one year mentorship with a dedicated team within LVMH to assist the designer's development.
Due to the competition's extraordinarily high level, the Jury decided to award two special prizes: the first to Miuniku, and the second to Hood by Air. They each win 100 000 euros and a yearlong mentorship.
Three fashion design school graduates have also been awarded with a prize: Peter Do (Fashion Institute of Technology, New York), Teruhiro Hasegawa (Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London) and Flavien Juan Nunez (La Cambre, Bruxelles and the Institut Français de la Mode, Paris). They each win 10 000 euros and will each be joining a different LVMH fashion house for a one year job contract, Peter Do at Céline, Teruhiro Hasagawa at Givenchy and Flavien Juan Nunez at Christian Dior.
The school they graduated from will also receive 10 000 euros to symbolize LVMH's support to education and establishments that allow fashion to renew itself in order to reach a higher level of excellence.
The prize will be renewed in 2015.
LVMH Prize Winner
Thomas Tait is a Canadian designer based in London. After completing his studies at College LaSalle in Montreal, Thomas received his MA from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design in London. His Autumn-Winter 2010 collection was selected to be featured in London Fashion Week. He is the winner of the inaugural Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize in 2010.
Miuniku is a ready to wear brand for modern women, founded by sisters, Nikita and Tina Sutradhar, at the end of their studies at the London College of Fashion. The brand's aesthetic is a unique play between color, cut and construction. They have won the London College of Fashion's Fashion Innovation Award (July 2013), the ISKO(TM) Denim Diffusion Award (July 2013) and were semi-finalists of the H&M Design Awards in 2014. The Sutradhar sisters have two collections to date and are now based in Mumbai.
Hood by Air, founded by Shayne Oliver in 2007, is a concept that challenges traditional modes of categorization. By combining the fluidity of youth culture with the refinement of luxury fashion, Hood by Air is re-imagining Americana uniforms.
Flavien Juan Nunez is a 23 year old graduate from France. After having completed his bachelor at La Cambre, in Brussels, Flavien went on to do a post-graduate degree at the Institut Francais de la Mode in Paris. His internship experience counts Walter Lecompte, Louis Vuitton and Nina Ricci amongst others. He joins the creative studio of Christian Dior.
Peter Do is a 23 year old graduate from the United States and holds a BFA in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. He is the 2012 Critic Award winner for the AAS Exhibition at FIT, the 2013 winner of the CFDA Scholarship and the 2014 Critic Award winner for the Senior Thesis Collection at FIT. He has interned at Chris Gelinas and Calvin Klein. He joins the creative studio of Céline.
Teruhiro Hasegawa is 29 years old. He was born in Japan. He holds both a BA and an MA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He is the 2013 winner of the Jane Rapley scholarship and the Chloe Award and has interned at Jean Pierre Braganza, Alexander McQueen and Lanvin. He joins the creative studio of Givenchy.
Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton)
Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs)
Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi)
Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Kenzo)
Phoebe Philo (Céline)
Raf Simons (Dior)
Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy)
Delphine Arnault (Vice President of Louis Vuitton)
Jean-Paul Claverie (Advisor to Bernard Arnault and head of corporate philanthropy for LVMH)
Pierre-Yves Roussel (Chairman and CEO of the LVMH Fashion Group)
Imran Amed, Founder and Editor of Business of Fashion (London)
Sarah Andelman, Creative director of Colette (Paris)
Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH
Fabien Baron, Art director, Founder of Baron&Baron (New York)
Tim Blanks, Editor-at-large for Style.com (London)
Mariacarla Boscono, Supermodel and muse (Rome)
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)
Linda Fargo, Senior Vice President of Bergdorf Goodman (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)
Julie Gilhart, Consultant (New York)
Katie Grand, Editor in chief of Love Magazine (London)
Jefferson Hack, Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Dazed Group (London)
Laure Hériard Dubreuil, Co-founder and chief Executive of the Webster (Miami)
Adrian Joffe, Chief executive officer of Dover Street Market International (London)
Sylvia Jorif, Journalist at ELLE Magazine (Paris)
Marta Jurin, winner of the LVMH Prize Fashion Scout competition (Zagreb)
Hirofumi Kurino, Creative Director of United Arrows (Tokyo)
Linda Loppa, Director of Polimoda (Florence)
Natalie Massenet, Founder & Executive Chairman of Net-a-Porter (London)
Pat McGrath, Makeup Artist (New York)
Marigay McKee, President of Saks Fifth Avenue (New York)
Sarah Mower, Contributing editor of Vogue US (Londres)
Camilla Nickerson, Stylist (New York)
Lilian Pacce, Fashion editor and writer (Sao Paulo)
Jean-Jacques Picart, Fashion and Luxury Consultant (Paris)
Gaia Repossi, Creative director of Repossi (Paris)
Olivier Rizzo, Stylist (Antwerp)
Carine Roitfeld, Founder of CR Fashion Book (Paris)
Olivier Saillard, Director of the Galliera Museum (Paris)
Marie-Amelie Sauvé, Stylist (Paris)
Carla Sozzani, Founder of 10 Corso Como (Milan)
Charlotte Stockdale, Stylist (London)
Tomoki Sukezane, Stylist (Tokyo)
Natalia Vodianova, Supermodel and philanthropist (Paris)
Louise Wilson, Course Director of the Fashion MA at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (Lonon)
Dasha Zhukova, Editor in chief of Garage Magazine and Founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow)
About the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers
The LVMH Prize is open to designers under 40 years old who have presented and sold at least two women's or men's ready-to-wear collections. Applications will be accepted beginning today and until February 2, 2014 exclusively through the official LVMH Young Fashion Designers Prize website at www.lvmhprize.com.
The members of the jury for the first edition of the Prize in 2014 is composed of eight creative directors from LVMH Fashion Houses including: Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs), Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Kenzo), Phoebe Philo (Céline), Raf Simons (Dior) and Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy). The designers will be joined by Delphine Arnault, Jean-Paul Claverie (advisor to Bernard Arnault and head of corporate philanthropy for LVMH) and Pierre-Yves Roussel (Chairman and CEO of the LVMH Fashion Group).
The winner will receive a grant of 300,000 euros, as well as personalized assistance from a special LVMH team in developing their company for a period of twelve months. This support will include all crucial areas of expertise that are critical to successfully building a nascent fashion brand - including advisement on intellectual property, sourcing, production and distribution, image and advertising, marketing, etc.
The LVMH Prize will also recognize three young graduates who have completed a university program in fashion design. The three winners will each win 10,000 euros. They will also receive an invitation to join the design team at an LVMH brand for one year. Candidates for this award may apply exclusively through www.lvmhprize.com.
LVMH Young Fashion Designers Prize - Calendar
Launch: November 21, 2013
Candidate applications submitted on the website: November 21, 2013-February 2, 2014 (extended for Graduates to March 2, 2014)
Ten finalists selected by the panel of experts: February 26 and 27, 2014
Winner selected by the Jury: May 28, 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. LVMH is, for that reason, a sponsor of major exhibitions, like Daniel Buren's installation for Monumenta or the Gerhard Richter retrospective at the Pompidou Center.
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.