LVMH Prize reveals its Semi Finalists for 2021

Louis Vuitton has announced the names of 20 semi finalists for the eighth edition of its LVMH Prize for Young Designers.

Unlike previous years, as a result of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, for the first time, the LVMH Prize semi-final will be entirely digital and will give the public the opportunity to discover the twenty semi-finalists on the website and to vote for the candidate of their choice.

'This year, over 1,900 people applied: Young designers are showing great maturity in their work. Today, designers are asked to be much more than designers, and the candidates have adapted to this new reality. All the semi-finalists show a sincere and deep commitment, whether it be social, ethical, artisanal, environmental, or local. They are anchored in today's world,' said said Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton and founder of the LVMH Prize.

The 20 candidates leading conversations around sustainability, transparency, and representation in the industry 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.

The full list of candidates are :
AGR (British womenswear brand by Alicia Robinson, 30)
Bianca Saunders (British menswear brand by Bianca Saunders, 28)
Charles de Vilmorin (French genderless brand by Charles de Vilmorin, 25)
Christopher John Rogers (American womenswear brand by Christopher John Rogers, 28)
Conner Ives (American womenswear brand by Conner Ives, 25)
Federico Cina (Italian genderless brand by Frederico Cina, 27)
KidSuper (American menswear brand by Colm Dillane, 30)
Kika Vargas (Columbian womenswear brand designed by Kika Vargas, 38)
Lagos Space Programme (Nigerian genderless brand by Adeju Thompson, 30)
Lukhanyo Mdingi (South African womenswear and menswear brand by Lukhanyo Mdingi, 29)
Midorikawa Official (Japanese genderless brand by Tadu Midorikawa, 39)
Nensi Dojaka (Albanian womenswear brand based by Nensi Dojaka, 28)
Post Archive Fashion (Korean menswear brand by Dongjoon Lim, 29)
Renaissance Renaissance (Lebanese womenswear brand by Cynthia Mehrej, 32)
Rier (Italian genderless brand by Andreas Steiner, 36)
Rui (Chinese genderless brand by Rui Zhou, 27)
Saul Nash (British menswear by Saul Nash, 31)
Shuting Qiu (Chinese womenswear brand by Shuting Qiu, 27)
Taakk (Japanese menswear brand by Takuya Morikawa, 39)
Wed (British womenswear by Amy Trinh and Evan Phillips, both 30)

The winner of this years' LVMH Prize will win a 300,000-euro prize and a one-year bespoke mentorship program provided by a dedicated LVMH team. Finally, tennis champion Naomi Osaka, model Bella Hadid and Vogue China's EIC Margaret Zhang joins the prestigious Committee of Experts this year. The Semi-final and vote of the Experts and the public to select the eight finalists will take place between 6th April until 11th April 2021.

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