LVMH has long been committed to supporting the creative talent of the future. The LVMH Grand Prix Scholarships have been awarded each year since 2011 to three students at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, providing an invaluable springboard for young designers. Recipients have embarked on impressive career itineraries.
Created in 2011, the LVMH Grand Prix Scholarships provide financial support for students in the final year of the BA Fashion degree at Central Saint Martins. The scholarships cover tuition fees, as well as costs linked to creating their collections, enabling them to focus their full energies during this all-important year.
Beyond financial support, recognition of their potential by LVMH is a springboard to attractive opportunities, notably at LVMH Houses, which are always eager to welcome and nurture new talents. Past recipients have gone on to internships at Dior, Louis Vuitton, Céline and other LVMH brands, some of them continuing their careers at the Houses. Jessica Mort, a scholarship recipient in 2011, is now a Junior Designer at Loewe. Mao Usami, who was awarded a scholarship in 2012, joined Louis Vuitton as Assistant Designer for Women’s Leather Goods.
Others have taken advantage of the boost to create their own label. Richard Malone, who earned the distinction in 2013, recently presented his Spring-Summer 2016 collection at London Fashion Week under the aegis of Fashion East, an organization known for having scouted such talents as Jonathan Anderson, today Creative Director of Loewe and his eponymous J.W. Anderson brand.
This year’s scholarship recipients were recognized for their savoir-faire, creativity and passion: Maja Milisavljevic of Sweden, a print textiles designer, knitwear designer Sarah Ansah of the UK, and Sergiy Grechyshkin, a women’s ready-to-wear designer from Ukraine. We wish them great success on a creative itinerary that is off to a very promising start!