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The Twelve Finalists of the LVMH Prize

By: Sarah Horsfall For any person, trying to break into the professional spotlight can be arduous. For young designers especially, the industry can be unyielding and rather bleak. Armed with needles and threads though, there are those aspiring designers who fight to conquer an inch of the glorious runway. Now, young designers have an opportunity to gain some finance for their business. The recently launched LVMH Prize (November 2013) is the Internet set-up by LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton. The Prize has been created to reveal and support young fashion designers. Each year, the prize will recognize a young designer and three fashion school graduates. It is open to any designer who is under the age of 40 and who has produced at least two collections. The LVMH Prize consists of a €300,000 grant and a year of mentoring. The “Graduate” prize is open to students of fashion. The three winners will receive a €10,000 grant and opportunity to work as part of the design team at an LVMH brand for one year. Selected from a shortlist of thirty, the twelve finalists will travel to Paris in May to present their ready-to-wear Fall ’14 collections at the LVMH headquarters. A panel of jurors who come from seven fashion houses will then judge the collections. Some of the jurors include: Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Marc Jacobs, Phoebe Philo, Raf Simons, Riccardo Tisci, and others. The winner will be announced May 28.  
Canadian finalist Thomas Tait

Canadian finalist Thomas Tait

The twelve finalists: Atto (Julien Dossena, based in Paris) CG (Chris Gelinas, a Canadian based in New York) Gabriele Colangelo (Gabriele Colangelo, based in Milan) Hood by Air (Shane Olivier, based in New York) Jacquemus (Simon Porte Jacquemus, based in Paris) Miuniku (Tina and Nikita Sutradhur, based in Mumbai) Simone Rocha (Simone Rocha, an Irish based in London) Suno (Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis, based in New York) Thomas Tait (Thomas Tait, a Canadian based in London) Tillman Lauterbach (Tillman Lauterbach, a German based in Paris) Tim Coppens (Tim Coppens, a Belgian based in New York) Vika Gazinskaya (Vika Gazinskaya, based in Moscow)

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