The success of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers continues to grow, and this year, more than 1,300 applicants were received from over 90 countries around the world.
Since its 2014 launch, the Prize has been considered a true supporter for young design talents and been met with tremendous success internationally. Now in its fifth year, it has confirmed its wide appeal and has become an inspiring outlet for young fashion designers.
Applications closed on February 5th and 20 designers have been shortlisted for the semi-final by the Prize selection committee, headed by Delphine Arnault, who states: “Each year, more young designers from all over the world are inspired by the Prize. For the 2018 edition, we have selected 20 young designers from China, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam. They will all join us in Paris on March 1st and 2nd to show their collections. Once more, womenswear is especially well represented, alongside menswear. Gender-neutral fashion, already present in former editions, has gained considerable ground, thus proving that the Prize echoes the recent evolutions in fashion. Among the 20 brands selected, 6 are headed by design duos. The designs of the 20 semi-finalists reflect the current trends in fashion, where streetwear is progressing and continues to shape designs that challenge traditional categories, borrowing from menswear and womenswear. With this Prize, LVMH confirms its ongoing commitment to supporting young fashion designers and places the spotlight on tomorrow’s talents.”
Of the 20 designers shortlisted for the fifth edition of the LVMH Prize, 8 are womenswear designers, 4 are menswear designers, 2 design both womenswear and menswear, and 6 gender-neutral fashion. The shortlist will be invited to meet the 48 international fashion experts who will select the 8 finalists during a showroom presentation held on March 1st and 2nd in Paris.
The LVMH Prize will be awarded next June 2018 at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.
Additionally, the Prize for Young Fashion Graduates will distinguish 3 young graduates with a 10,000-euro grant and the opportunity to join one of the Houses of the group for one year. Applications remain open until May 15th on www.lvmhprize.com.
LIST OF THE 20 SHORTLISTED DESIGNERS
A-COLD-WALL by Samuel Ross (British designer based in London). Menswear showing in London.
AKIKOAOKI by Akiko Aoki (Japanese designer based in Tokyo). Womenswear showing in Tokyo.
BOTTER by Rushemy Botter & Lisi Herrebrugh (Dutch designers based in Antwerp). Menswear showing in Paris.
CHARLES JEFFREY LOVERBOY by Charles Jeffrey (British designer based in London). Womenswear and menswear showing in London.
DOUBLET by Masayuki Ino (Japanese designer based in Tokyo). Gender-neutral fashion showing in Tokyo.
ECKHAUS LATTA by Zoe Latta & Mike Eckhaus (American designers based in New York and Los Angeles). Womenswear and menswear showing in New York.
EDDA by Edda Gimnes (Norwegian designer based in Oslo). Womenswear showing in London.
ERNEST W. BAKER by Reid Baker & Ines Amorim (American and Portuguese designers based in Antwerp). Menswear showing in Paris.
FAUSTINE STEINMETZ by Faustine Steinmetz (French designer based in London). Gender-neutral fashion showing in London.
GMBH by Serhat Isik & Benjamin Alexander Huseby (German and Norwegian designers based in Berlin). Gender-neutral fashion showing in Paris.
KWAIDAN EDITIONS by Léa Dickely & Hung La (French and American-Vietnamese designers based in London). Womenswear showing in Paris.
LUDOVIC DE SAINT SERNIN by Ludovic de Saint Sernin (French designer based in Paris). Gender-neutral fashion showing in Paris.
MAGDA BUTRYM by Magdalena Butrym (Polish designer based in Warsaw). Womenswear showing in Paris.
MARTA JAKUBOWSKI by Marta Jakubowski (German designer based in London). Womenswear showing in London.
MATTHEW ADAMS DOLAN by Matthew Adams Dolan (American designer based in New York). Gender-neutral fashion showing in New York.
NIHL by Neil Grotzinger (American designer based in New York). Menswear showing in New York.
OTTOLINGER by Christa Bösch & Cosima Gadient (Swiss designers based in Berlin). Womenswear showing in Paris.
ROKH by Rok Hwang (South Korean designer based in London). Womenswear showing in Paris.
SNOW XUE GAO by Snow Gao (Chinese designer based in New York). Womenswear showing in New York.
THE SIRIUS by Younchan Chung (South-Korean designer based in Seoul). Gender-neutral fashion showing in Paris.