The Class of 2017: LVMH Prize Finalists

The 8 finalists of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers have finally been announced following the presentation of their collections in Paris on March 2 and 3, 2017.

Meet the design finalists (listed alphabetically):

AMBUSH by Yoon Ahn (Korean-American designer based in Tokyo). Unisex collections, Paris.

ATLEIN by Antonin Tron (French designer based in Paris). Womenswear, Paris.

CECILIE BAHNSEN by Cecilie Rosted Bahnsen (Danish designer based in Copenhagen). Womenswear, Copenhagen.

JAHNKOY by Maria Kazakova (Russian designer based in New York). Menswear, New York.

KOZABURO by Kozaburo Akasaka (Japanese designer based in New York). Menswear, New York.

MARINE SERRE by Marine Serre (French designer based in Paris). Womenswear, Paris.

MOLLY GODDARD by Molly Goddard (British designer based in London). Womenswear, London.

NABIL NAYAL by Nabil el-Nayal (British designer based in London). Womenswear, London.

Delphine Arnault comments: “This year, 5 out of the 8 finalists design womenswear. Men’s and unisex collections also reflect the dynamism of gender-defying fashion. A Danish designer has for the first time reached this level in the competition. I am also pleased to welcome back Nabil el-Nayal who had been shortlisted in 2015. This year’s selection clearly illustrates the existence of a truly international fashion, beyond borders. I wish all the finalists good luck: it will be hard for the Jury to decide between them during the final on June 16. I also wish to congratulate the semi-finalists for their involvement and their genuine enthusiasm.”

These 8 designers are now invited to meet the members of the Jury at the Foundation Louis Vuitton, on June 16, 2017. The Jury will select the winner at the end of this exceptional day.

The Graduate Prize remains open to applications from young fashion school graduates until May 15, 2017.

The three recipients of this Prize will be given the opportunity to join the design studios of three Maisons of the LVMH group for one year.

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Nichelle Cole is the founder & editor-in-chief of The Fashion Plate magazine. A respected writer, stylist and influencer, she has been published in fashion magazines around the world.

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