Following the success of the first edition of the Prix des Artisanes in 2021, the magazines ELLE, ELLE à Table, ELLE Décoration and LVMH have once again joined forces to put the spotlight on women in the craft industry. The award ceremony of the Prize was held last night at LVMH’s headquarters in Paris, to celebrate the unique journeys of women entrepreneurs spanning the fields of Fashion, Design & Fine Tableware, Preservation of the French Heritage and Winemaking.
Selected among 600 applicants, four winners were awarded by a prestigious jury composed of Laure Prouvost, artist and President of the jury, Chantal Gaemperle, Executive Vice President Human Resources and Synergies, LVMH, Victoire de Castellane, Artistic Director, Dior Joaillerie, Antoine Arnault, Image & Environment, LVMH, joined by Inès Mesmar, Executive Director of La Fabrique NOMADE (partnered by LVMH), Anne-Sophie Duroyon Chavanne, Executive Director, Institut National des Métiers d’Art, Aude Augais, Co-founder of the Artisans d’avenir network, Valérie Salomon, CMI France President, Véronique Philipponnat, ELLE France Director, as well as editors in chief of ELLE magazines.
The winners of the Prix des Artisanes 2022 are:
Cécile Gray (Prix des Métiers – Fashion) / Textile Designer – Cécile Gray studio
After beginning her career as an architect, Cécile Gray switched to the textile sector. During her Master’s degree in Fashion Design at Atelier Chardon Savard, she developed her own technique of metal weaving by crimping.
Rebecca Fezard (Prix des Métiers – Design & Fine Tableware) / Material Designer – hors-studio
Rebecca Fezard creates materials from production scraps and waste, using 100% biodegradable and natural glues. She founded her studio with associate Elodie Michaud, where they transform their “waste resources” into innovative design objects through a combination of artisanal techniques and new technologies.
Fanny Boucher (Prix des Métiers – Preservation of the French Heritage) / Rotogravure printer – Helio’g
Fanny Boucher, who received the title of Master of Art in 2015, is specialized in rotogravure, a 19th century technique for photographic prints. She founded her workshop in 2000 to perpetuate this formerly extinct method.
Hélène Ponty (Prix des Métiers – Winemaking) / Winemaker – Domaine Ponty
Although her family has worked in the vineyard for generations, before becoming a winegrower, Hélène Ponty worked for a long time in a strategy firm in Boston in the United States, then left for China, where she rediscovered the wine industry. It was this trip that made her want to take over the family estate, which now has a team composed of 75% women.
The winners will present their creations during SHOW ME, the LVMH Métiers d’Excellence Ceremony on November 29 at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.
This year, the Group and the magazines ELLE, ELLE Décoration, ELLE à Table gave a special mention to 16 craftswomen working on the reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris, in collaboration with the public establishment in charge of the conservation and restoration of the cathedral.
“What is particularly remarkable about the winners of the Prix des Artisanes is their commitment to excellence, a value we share within the LVMH group. The journeys of these women entrepreneurs perfectly illustrate the power of creativity when combined with virtuosity.”
Antoine Arnault, Image & Environment, LVMH
“This second edition of the Prix des Artisanes only confirms the positive impact of the promotion of know-how for the transmission of métiers d’excellence. At LVMH, we are committed to preserving these rare professions and highlighting the careers of inspiring women such as this year’s four talented winners.”
Chantal Gaemperle, EVP Human Resources and Synergies, LVMH