British designer GRACE WALES BONNER takes home coveted LVMH PRIZE
BY ALISSA OLIVETTI
Fashion’s largest designer prize, the LVMH Prize, has been awarded to London-based designer Grace Wales Bonner.
Now in its third year the prize spearheaded by Delphine Arnault grants the winner 300,000 euros (~ $336,525 US), as well as a year of mentoring from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton executives. Nineteen year-old Canadian, Vejas Kraszewski has been awarded a special jury prize of 150,000 euros along with a year of coaching.
Wales Bonner beat out 23 semi finalist which in turn were narrowed down to eight finalists including Aalto’s Finnish designer Tuomas Merikoski, Alyx’s American designer Matthew Williams, Brandon Maxwell’s American designer (and recent winner of the CFDA Swarovski award for womenswear) Brandon Maxwell, Facetasm’s Japanese designer Hiromichi Ochiai, Koché’s French designer Christelle Kocher, Y/Project’s Belgian designer Glenn Martens, and Vejas’ Canadian designer Vejas Kraszewski.
Over 1,000 designers originally applied for the prize and were narrowed to 23 via their online applications. The 23 semi-finalist then met with a panel of 41 international fashion experts to be narrowed to eight finalists. These finalists were then presented to a jury composed of Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, J.W. Anderson, Nicolas Ghesquière, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Phoebe Philo, Raf Simons and Riccardo Tisci, along with EVP of Louis Vuitton, Delphine Arnault, Jean-Paul Claverie (advisor to Bernard Arnault and Director of LVMH sponsorship) and Pierre-Yves Roussel (Chairman and CEO of the LVMH fashion division).
Previous winners include Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, the Portuguese duo behind the Marques’Almeida label along with Hood by Air’s Shayne Oliver, Simon Porte Jacquemus and Nikita and Tina Sutradhar for Miuniku.
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