Antwerp-based menswear label Botter this weekend was named the winner of the Première Vision Grand Prize at the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography.
Created by Jean-Pierre Blanc in 1985, the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography is a platform designed to promote young talent in fashion and photography. Past winners of the Première Vision Grand Prize include Viktor & Rolf and Anthony Vaccarello who today leads Saint Laurent.
Botter was selected the winner by the fashion jury that included the likes of Haider Ackermann, Farid Chenoune, 2017 Première Grand Prize winner Vanessa Schindler, Lou Doillon, and Ben Gorham, and will be granted €15,000 and a collaboration with Chanel’s Métiers d’Art division on a project of an equivalent amount, and a €10,000 grant from Petit Bateau and royalties.
Founded by Curaçao-born Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh from the Dominican Republic, Botter produces gender-fluid menswear collections that are rife with social commentary and pay homage to the Caribbean, where the designers grew up. The duo both studied in Antwerp—Rushemy at the Royal Academy of Arts and Lisi at the Fashion Institute in Amsterdam—and they continue a longstanding legacy of designers that have studied in the city and include Martin Margiela, Haider Ackermann, Kris Van Assche, Demna Gvasalia, Willy Vanderperre and the iconic Antwerp Six.
The win comes just months after Botter was named one of the finalists for the 2018 LVMH Prize. Botter is the sole brand representing Antwerp in the competition and is eligible to receive a €300,000 grant and one-year mentorship.
In addition, other winners this weekend include Galeries Lafayette Prize winner Ester Manas; Marie-Eve Lecavalier for the Chloé Award; Swarovski Grand Prize for Accessories winners Kate Fichard, Flora Fixy and Julia Dessirier; and Photography Prize winner Eva O’Leary.