LVMH announces the list of 20 candidates selected for the 7th edition of its Prize for Young Fashion Designers



Once again this year, the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers has proved a great success, receiving 1,700 applications from 110 different nationalities. Since it was launched in 2013 as part of the commitment to sponsorship of the LVMH Group, the LVMH Prize has helped turn the spotlight on young designers from around the world, supporting and accompanying them in the development of their brands.

When applications for the 2020 Prize closed on February 2, 20 young fashion brands were selected for the semi-final.

The diverse nationalities of the candidates highlight the international reach of the LVMH Prize. The 20 semi-finalists hail from: Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Denmark, France, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam and – for the first time – Argentina.

Delphine Arnault comments: “I wish to thank all the applicants for their highly enthusiastic participation in this seventh edition. We were at once pleased and fascinated to discover their work and creativity. Together with the Panel of Experts, I look forward to welcoming these talented young designers and their 20 brands for the semi-final. All share an innovative vision, resolutely focused on the future, in terms of their research into new materials, use of bio-textiles or recycled fibers, concern for new artisanal techniques, and desire for local, reasoned production. These initiatives speak to a growing awareness across the fashion and luxury sector, and reflect the values of environmentally conscious fashion. This year, it is worthy of note that more and more designers are working in collectives, with six duos and one trio represented among the semi-finalists. Last but not least, our selection stands out in terms of parity, with 14 women and 14 men, each illustrating in their own way the ongoing conversation between the male and female wardrobes, the breaking down of gender barriers and the emergence of a more inclusive mode of dressing. This fusion of savoir-faire and modernity, not to mention the originality of our semi-finalists’ collections, heralds a wonderful 2020 edition.”

All the semi-finalists will attend the showroom organized at LVMH Group headquarters at 22 avenue Montaigne, Paris, on February 27 and 28, in order to present their designs in person. During this event, the 68-strong international Panel of Experts of the LVMH Prize will meet the 20 semi-finalists. The Experts will choose eight fashion brands to go forward to the final of the Prize, which will be held on June 5, 2020, at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

The winner of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers receives €300,000 and benefits from a one-year bespoke mentorship program provided by a dedicated LVMH team with expertise in a wide range of fields, including intellectual property, sourcing, production and distribution, image and communication, marketing, and sustainable development.

The Karl Lagerfeld Prize rewards a young designer with €150,000 and a one-year mentorship program. In addition, the Prize distinguishes three young fashion-school graduates who completed their studies in 2019/2020 by allocating them, as well as their school, a €10,000 grant. The prize-winning graduates join the creative studio of an LVMH Group Maison for one year.



AHLUWALIA by Priya Ahluwalia (British designer based in London)

Menswear presented in London

ALLED-MARTINEZ by Archie M. Alled-Martinez (Spanish designer based in Paris)

Gender-neutral fashion presented in Paris

AREA by Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk (American designer and Dutch designer based in New York)

Womenswear presented in New York

CASABLANCA by Charaf Tajer (French designer based in London)

Menswear presented in Paris

CHOPOVA LOWENA by Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena (Bulgarian-American designer and British

designer based in London)

Womenswear presented in London

COMMISSION by Jin Kay, Dylan Cao and Huy Luong (Korean and Vietnamese designers based in New York)

Womenswear presented in New York

ESTER MANAS by Ester Manas and Balthazar Delepierre (French designer and Belgian designer based in Brussels)

Womenswear presented in Paris

HELMSTEDT by Emilie Helmstedt (Danish designer based in Copenhagen)

Womenswear presented in Copenhagen

KAUSHIK VELENDRA by Kaushik Velendra (Indian designer based in London)

Menswear presented in London

NICHOLAS DALEY by Nicholas Daley (British designer based in London)

Menswear presented in London

NOUS ETUDIONS by Romina Cardillo (Argentinean designer based in Buenos Aires)

Gender-neutral presented in Buenos Aires

PETER DO by Peter Do (American designer based in New York)

Womenswear presented in Paris

PIERO D’ANGELO by Piero D’Angelo (Italian designer based in London)

Womenswear presented in London

RAVE REVIEW by Josephine Bergqvist and Livia Schück (Swedish designers based in Stockholm)

Womenswear presented in Copenhagen

SAMUEL GUÌ YANG by Samuel Yang and Erik Litzén (Chinese designer and Swedish designer based in London)

Womenswear presented in London

SINDISO KHUMALO by Sindiso Khumalo (South African designer based in Cape Town)

Womenswear presented in Milan

SUPRIYA LELE by Supriya Lele (British-Indian designer based in London)

Womenswear presented in London

TOMO KOIZUMI by Tomotoka Koizumi (Japanese designer based in Tokyo)

Womenswear presented in Tokyo

VAQAR by Shirin Vaqar and Shiva Vaqar (Iranian designers based in Teheran)

Womenswear presented in Teheran

YUHAN WANG by Yuhan Wang (Chinese designer based in London)

Womenswear presented in London



Submission of applications from young fashion designers via internet:

from December 2, 2019 to February 2, 2020

Semi-final and experts’ vote to select the eight finalists: February 27 and 28, 2020

Submission of applications from young fashion-school graduates via internet:

from December 2, 2019 to May 15, 2020

Final and announcement of the winners: June 5, 2020



Emmanuelle Alt, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris (Paris)

Imran Amed, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Business of Fashion (London)

Sarah Andelman, Founder of Just an Idea (Paris)

Rami Atallah, Cofounder and CEO of the fashion platform Ssense (Montreal)

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 for The Business of Fashion (London)

Derek Blasberg, Head of Fashion and Beauty partnerships for YouTube (New York)

Alexandre de Betak, Founder of Bureau Betak (Paris)

Frédéric Bodenes, Art Director of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche (Paris)

Sinéad Burke, Activist (Dublin)

Carmen Busquets, Investor in BoF, Farfetch, Net-à-Porter, Lyst, Moda Operandi (Caracas)

Burak Cakmak, Dean of Fashion of Parsons School of Design (New York)

Marie Chaix, Fashion editor at Double magazine (New York)

Angelica Cheung, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue China (Beijing)

Anne-Sophie von Claer, Deputy Editorial director of Le Figaro (Paris)

Ronnie Cooke Newhouse, Artistic Director (London)

Caroline Daur, Digital entrepreneur (Hamburg)

Godfrey Deeny, International Editor in Chief of Fashion Network (Paris)

Babeth Djian, Editor-in-Chief of Numéro (Paris)

Jo Ellison, “How to Spend It” Editor-in-chief (London)

Edward Enninful, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue (London)

Linda Fargo, Senior Vice-President of Bergdorf Goodman (New York)

Angelo Flaccavento, Fashion journalist (Ragusa)

Hans de Foer, Director of the Postgraduate Fashion Program at the Institut Français de la Mode (Paris)

Jo-Ann Furniss, Journalist and Creative Director (London)

Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Synergies (Paris)

Stephen Gan, Editor-in-chief of V magazine and V man and creative director of Elle USA (New York)

Michel Gaubert, Sound Designer (Paris)

Julie Gilhart, Consultant (New York)

Ikram Goldman, Founder of ikram (Chicago)

Leaf Greener, Artistic consultant and writer (Shanghai)

Elizabeth Von Guttman, Cofounder of the magazine System and of Fashion Tech (Paris)

Jefferson Hack, Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Dazed Group (London)

Gigi Hadid, Model and Philanthropist (Los Angeles)

Amanda Harlech, Creative consultant (London)

Ashley Heath, Editorial director at Pop and Arena Homme+ (London)

Laure Hériard Dubreuil, 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)

Ibrahim Kamara, Stylist and i-D fashion director (London)

Natalie Kingham, Fashion and buying director at Matches Fashion (London)

Karlie Kloss, Model and Philanthropist (New York)

Suzanne Koller, Fashion director of M Le Monde magazine (Paris)

Hirofumi Kurino, Creative Director of United Arrows (Tokyo)

Susie Lau, Founder of and journalist (London)

Linda Loppa, Adviser Strategy & Vision at Polimoda Paris Platform (Paris)

Pat McGrath, Makeup Artist (New York)

Kevin Ma, Founder and CEO of the Hypebeast (New York)

Sara Maino, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Italian Vogue and Head of Vogue Talents (Milan)

Suzy Menkes, Vogue International Editor (Paris and New York)

Virginie Mouzat, Journalist (Paris)

Sarah Mower, Contributing Editor of Vogue US (London)

Alexia Niedzielski, Cofounder of the magazine System and of Fashion Tech (London)

Ezra Petronio, Editor-in-chief of Self Service (Paris)

Fabio Piras, Course Director of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London)

Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Christian Dior Makeup (Antwerp)

Loïc Prigent, Filmmaker (Paris)

Gaia Repossi, Creative Director of Repossi (Paris)

Carine Roitfeld, Editor-in-Chief of CR Fashion Book and Global Fashion Director

of Harper’s Bazaar (Paris)

Lauren Santo Domingo, Co-founder & Chief Brand Officer Moda Operandi (New York)

Marie-Amélie Sauvé, Stylist and Editor of Mastermind (Paris)

Anne-Florence Schmitt, Director of Madame Figaro (Paris)

Aimee Song, Influencer and founder of Song of Style (New York)

Carla Sozzani, Founder of 10 Corso Como (Milan)

Stefano Tonchi, Global Chief Creative Officer of L’Officiel (New York)

Aizel Trudel, Founder of the fashion platform Aizel (Moscow)

Natalia Vodianova, Model and Philanthropist (Paris)



Thebe Magugu (2019 winner)

Hed Mayner (2019 Karl Lagerfeld Prize)

Doublet (2018 winner)

Rokh (2018 Special Prize)

Marine Serre (2017 winner)

Kozaburo Akasaka (2017 Special Prize)

Grace Wales Bonner (2016 winner)

Vejas (2016 Special Prize)

Marques’Almeida (2015 winner)

Jacquemus (2015 Special Prize)

Thomas Tait (2014 winner)

Hood by Air (2014 Special Prize)

Miuniku (2014 Special Prize)



Over the 25 years since the foundation of LVMH, the Houses in the Group have all been inspired by a passion for creativity and innovation while nourishing an exceptional heritage rooted in time-honored know-how. As Bernard Arnault explains: “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. For that reason, the Louis Vuitton Foundation for contemporary art opened to the public in October 2014 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, 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 Art and Design in London
  • the investment fund for young designers created by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

This same passion has led the LVMH Group to launch the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. This initiative helps drive the momentum and emergence of fresh talent that is essential to the vitality and diversity of the fashion ecosystem, a role that is perfectly in phase with the responsibilities of the world leader in luxury.