Semi-final of the 2021 LVMH Prize for young fashion designers: 8th edition



LVMH announces the list of the 20 candidates selected: Digital semi-final, vote of the experts and, for the first time, vote of the public. This year once more, the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers has proved a great success internationally: the new edition of the Prize attracted over 1,900 candidates worldwide. For the 8th year running, this event under the patronage of LVMH since 2013 has contributed to supporting young designers.

Among the many applications, 20 young brands and their designers were selected for the semi-final. These semi-finalists come from China, France, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, and, for the first time, from Albania and Colombia, thus expressing a great diversity of cultures and talents.

This year, exceptionally, as a result of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the LVMH Prize has set up a digital platform: from 6th April to 11th April 2021, the 20 semi-finalists competing this year for the final of the LVMH Prize will be showcased on our dedicated website, to learn about their collections, their creative world and their personalities.

Delphine Arnault declares: “I am very grateful to all the candidates from more than 110 countries for taking part in this year’s competition and I would like to congratulate the semi-finalists. This semi-final will be entirely digital, and we wanted to open it to the greatest number of people: for the first time, the LVMH Prize will give the public the opportunity to discover the twenty semi-finalists on the website and to vote for the candidate of their choice. All the semi-finalists have incorporated a responsible stance in their creative vision: use of innovative or traditional materials, upcycling, recycled fibres, artisanal and local approaches. These initiatives echo the shift in the fashion and luxury industries. Among the semi-finalists, seven do womenswear, five menswear, and two do both womenswear and menswear. Six of them design genderless collections. This edition also saw the return of knitwear, body-conscious garments and the celebration of colour among certain designers. I am also delighted to welcome Naomi Osaka, a committed and outstanding tennis champion, the ambassador of this edition who will accompany us to the final. Finally, five inspiring personalities have joined our prestigious Committee of Experts this year: Bella Hadid, model; Samira Nasr, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar US; Léa Seydoux, actress; Aleksandra Woroniecka, fashion director of Vogue Paris; Margaret Zhang, editor-in-chief of Vogue China. All this promises
a very rich and exciting 2021 edition.”

Another innovation: this 2021 edition will see the possibility for everyone to discover the semi-finalists and to vote for their favourite candidate. This year, the public becomes an Expert of the LVMH Prize.

The winner of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers receives a €300,000 endowment and benefits from a one-year bespoke mentorship program provided by a dedicated LVMH team.

The Karl Lagerfeld/Special Jury Prize rewards a young designer with €150,000 and a mentorship program.

In addition, the Prize distinguishes three young fashion-school graduates who have completed their studies in 2020 or 2021 by allocating them, as well as their school, a €10,000 grant. The prize-winning graduates will join the creative studio of an LVMH Group House for one year.



AGR by Alicia Robinson, womenswear and menswear, British designer based in London

BIANCA SAUNDERS by Bianca Saunders, menswear, British designer based in London

CHARLES DE VILMORIN by Charles de Vilmorin, genderless collections, French designer based in Paris

CHRISTOPHER JOHN ROGERS by Christopher John Rogers, womenswear, American designer based in New York

CONNER IVES by Conner Ives, womenswear, American designer based in London

FEDERICO CINA by Federico Cina, genderless collections, designer italian based in Sarsina

KIDSUPER by Colm Dillane, menswear, American designer based in New York

KIKA VARGAS by Kika Vargas, womenswear, Colombian designer based in Bogota

LAGOS SPACE PROGRAMME by Adeju Thompson, genderless collections, Nigerian designer based in Lagos

LUKHANYO MDINGI by Lukhanyo Mdingi, womenswear and menswear, South African designer based in Cape Town

MIDORIKAWA by Taku Midorikawa, genderless collections, Japanese designer based in Tokyo

NENSI DOJAKA by Nensi Dojaka, womenswear, Albanian designer based in London

POST ARCHIVE FACTION (PAF) by Dongjoon Lim, menswear, South Korean designer based in Seoul

RENAISSANCE RENAISSANCE by Cynthia Merhej, womenswear, Lebanese designer based in Beyrouth

RIER by Andreas Steiner, genderless collections, Italian designer based in Paris

RUI by Rui Zhou, genderless collections, Chinese designer based in Shanghai

SAUL NASH by Saul Nash, menswear, British designer based in London

SHUTING QIU by Shuting Qiu, womenswear, Chinese designer based in Shanghai

TAAKK by Takuya Morikawa, menswear, Japanese designer based in Tokyo

WED by Amy Trinh and Evan Phillips, womenswear, British designers based in London



Online submission of applications from young fashion designers:
from 11th January 2021 until 28th February 2021

Semi-final and vote of the Experts and the public to select the eight finalists:
6th April until 11th April 2021

Online submission of applications from young fashion school graduates:
from 11th January 2021 until 15th May 2021

Final and announcement of the winners:
to be announced later



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

Imran Amed, Founder and Editor-in-Chief 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, Global consultant at 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)

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 Double magazine (Paris)

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

Ronnie Cooke Newhouse, Artistic Director (London)

Caroline Daur, Digital entrepreneur (Hamburg)

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

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

Jo Ellison, Editor How to Spend It and Deputy Editor Financial Times Weekend (London)

Edward Enninful, Editor-in-Chief British Vogue and and European editorial director (London)

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

Angelo Flaccavento, Fashion journalist (Ragusa)

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

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

Michel Gaubert, Sound Designer (Paris)

Julie Gilhart, Consultant (New York)

Ikram Goldman, Founder of ikram (Chicago)

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

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

Bella Hadid, model (New York)

Amanda Harlech, Creative consultant (London)

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

Laure Hériard Dubreuil, Founder and Creative Director of The Webster (Miami)

Adrian Joffe, Chief Executive Officer of Dover Street Market International (London)

Sylvia Jorif, Editorial Director of Vogue Paris (Paris)

Ibrahim Kamara, Stylist and Editor-in-Chief Dazed magazine (London)

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

Karlie Kloss, Model and Philanthropist (New York)

Suzanne Koller, Fashion director 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 (Florence)

Pat McGrath, Makeup Artist (New York)

Kevin Ma, Founder and CEO of the Hypebeast (Hong Kong)

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

Suzy Menkes, Journalist (London)

Virginie Mouzat, Journalist (Paris)

Sarah Mower, Contributing Editor Vogue US (London)

Samira Nasr, Editor-in-Chief Harper’s Bazaar US (New York)

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

Ezra Petronio, Editor and Creative director Self Service, photographer (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, Owner of CR Fashion Book (Paris)

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

Marie-Amélie Sauvé, Stylist, Co-founder and creative director Mastermind (Paris)

Anne-Florence Schmitt, Director Madame Figaro (Paris)

Léa Seydoux, Actress (Paris)

Aimee Song, Influencer and founder of Song of Style (Los Angeles)

Carla Sozzani, Founder of 10 Corso Como (Milan)

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

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

Natalia Vodianova, Model and Philanthropist (Paris)

Aleksandra Woroniecka, Fashion director Vogue Paris (Paris)

Margaret Zhang, Editor-in-Chief Vogue China, (Shangai)