The semi-final of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers took place on March 2nd and 3rd, 2023 : twenty-two young designers selected from among 2,400 candidates presented their collections during a showroom held in Paris as well as on the digital platform lvmhprize.com. This year, the Committee of Experts of the Prize, together with the public, selected nine finalists and their brands. The shortlisted designers will present their designs to the Jury at the final on June 7th at the Louis Vuitton Foundation.
On June 7th, the Jury will choose among the finalists the winner of the LVMH Prize and the winner
of the Karl Lagerfeld Prize. This year, the Jury includes Jonathan Anderson, Maria Grazia Chiuri,
Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Kim Jones, Nigo, Stella McCartney and Silvia Venturini Fendi,
as well as Delphine Arnault, Jean-Paul Claverie and Sidney Toledano.
The nine competing finalists are:
AARON ESH by Aaron Esh, United Kingdom, menswear
BETTTER by Julie Pelipas, Ukraine, womenswear
BURC AKYOL by Burc Akyol, France, womenswear, menswear and genderless collections
DIOTIMA by Rachel Scott, Jamaica, womenswear
LUAR by Raul Lopez, United States, womenswear, menswear and genderless collections
MAGLIANO by Luca Magliano, Italy, menswear
PAOLINA RUSSO by Paolina Russo, Canada, and Lucile Guilmard, France, womenswear
QUIRA by Veronica Leoni, Italy, womenswear
SETCHU by Satoshi Kuwata, Japan, genderless collections
Delphine Arnault: “The semi-final of the tenth edition of the Prize has highlighted a great maturity in the approach and work of the designers. Cultural diversity, celebration of traditional crafts and creative audacity define this selection. Naturally, the finalists are fully engaged in dealing with environmental issues and play with the boundaries between menswear and womenswear. Their expertise, their creativity, their uniqueness and their commitment have truly impressed me. I would like to thank all the Experts for their enthusiasm, their involvement and the attention they dedicated to discovering and appraising the work of the designers who took part in the semi-final. The Jury members and I look forward to seeing the nine shortlisted designers at the final at the Louis Vuitton Foundation.”
The prize is also open to fashion schools and distinguishes three newly graduated students each year. The winners and their respective schools each receive a 10,000-euro endowment. The winning graduates join the design studio of one of the group’s Maisons for one year.
LVMH celebrates 25 years of promoting young fashion designers
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
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.
The LVMH Prize rewards the winner of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers with a 300,000-euro endowment and a tailored mentorship by LVMH teams. Moreover, the winner of the Karl Lagerfeld Prize receives a 150,000-euro allocation and also enjoys a one-year mentorship by LVMH teams.