The CFDA and Vogue have named the 10 finalists of the 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund
BY OBI ANYANWU
Since its inception in 2003, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has helped emerging American designers to develop their business in areas such as marketing, public relations, production, and sales. The program has granted $5.9 million to over 35 design companies, including 2016 winners Brock Collection, 2015 winners Brother Vellies, Gypsy Sport, and Jonathan Simkhai, and top designers such as Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Public School and Billy Reid, among others.
The 10 finalists of this year’s edition are Ahlem Manai-Platt of Ahlem; Chromat’s Becca McCharen-Tran; Christopher Bevans of Dyne; Victor Glemaud; Jordan Askill; Matthew Harris of Mateo New York; RTA’s Eli Azran; Sandy Liang; Telfar Clemens of Telfar LLC; and Patric DiCaprio, Bryn Taubensee, David Moses & Claire Sully of Vaquera.
Much like in past years, the Selection Committee will meet with each finalist to review their current collection, conduct in-depth interviews and visit their design studios. The finalists will travel to Los Angeles in October to present several looks at a fashion show at the Chateau Marmont.
Finally, the winner and two runners-up will be announced at a gala dinner in New York City on November 6. The winner will receive the monetary prize of $400,000 and the two-runners up will win $150,000 each.
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund continues to transform the careers of American designers through mentoring and financial support. By fostering emerging talent, the Fashion Fund lays the foundation for the future of American fashion.
The 2017 finalists are:
Ahlem, by Ahlem Manai-Platt | Eyewear