The LVMH Prize semi-final took place from April 6 to 11, 2021. Twenty young designers selected from 1,900 candidates from around the world were able to present their collections on the digital platform lvmhprize.com.
The committee of Experts of the Prize and, for the first time, the public as a new Expert, selected 9 finalist brands. These 9 designers will present their creations to the Jury during the final, which will be held in September at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, at a date to be announced.The LVMH Prize Jury will choose the winner of the LVMH Prize and the winner of the Karl Lagerfeld Prize / Special Jury Mention from among the finalists.
The 9 finalists are :
Bianca Saunders by Bianca Saunders (British designer based in London), men’s fashion.
Charles De Vilmorin by Charles de Vilmorin (French designer based in Paris), unisex fashion.
Christopher John Rogers by Christopher John Rogers (American designer based in New York), women’s fashion.
Conner Ives by Conner Ives, (American designer based in London), womenswear.
Kidsuper by Colm Dillane (American designer based in New York), menswear.
Kika Vargas by Kika Vargas (Colombian designer based in Bogota), womenswear.
Lukhanyo Mdingi by Lukhanyo Mdingi (South African designer based in Cape Town), womenswear and menswear.
Nensi Dojaka by Nensi Dojaka (Albanian designer based in London), womenswear.
Rui by Rui Zhou (Chinese designer based in Shanghai), unisex.
Delphine Arnault says: “This year, this entirely digital semi-final, due to the sanitary conditions, represented a new conditions, represented a new opportunity to showcase the work of the designers. I would like to salute their creativity, their optimism and their reactivity, and I would like to congratulate them all. I thank the 66 Experts for their involvement, but also the public who participated for the first time in the semi-final: 32,000 people voted for their favorite candidate! This year, nine candidates (including two semi-finalists who tied for first place) have reached the final of the LVMH Prize.
The finalists come from South Africa, China, the United States, France and the United Kingdom, and, for the first time, from Albania and Colombia. I particularly appreciated their great mastery in terms of know-how and their strong sensitivity to the environment.
The entire jury and I look forward to welcoming them to the final in September at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. ”