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2021 LVMH Prize For Young Fashion Designers – 8th Edition: LVMH Announces The Date Of The 2021 Final

Following the success of its digital semi-final, LVMH is pleased to announce that the final of the 8th edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers will take place on Tuesday, 7th September 2021 at the Louis Vuitton Foundation.

Last year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the final of the 7th edition of the LVMH Prize was cancelled and the €300,000 award was divided equally among the eight finalists of the 2020 edition.

On 7th September, the Jury will decide between the nine finalists and award the 2021 LVMH Prize, as well as the Karl Lagerfeld/Special Jury Prize, a tribute to the great designer and former member of the Jury who passed away in February 2019.

This year, for the first time, the public will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes, discover highlights of the LVMH Prize final and learn about the finalists’ journeys on our social networks.

The 9 finalists are:

BIANCA SAUNDERS by Bianca Saunders (British designer based in London), menswear

CHARLES DE VILMORIN by Charles de Vilmorin (French designer based in Paris) genderless collections CHRISTOPHER JOHN ROGERS by Christopher John Rogers (American designer based in New York), womenswear

CONNER IVES by Conner Ives (American designer based in London), womenswear

KIDSUPER by Colm Dillane (American designer based in New York), womenswear and 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), genderless


Online submission of applications from young fashion designers: from 11th January 2021 until 28th February 2021

Semi-final and vote of the Experts and the public to select the finalists: from 6th to 11th April 2021 Online submission of applications from young fashion school graduates: from 11th January 2021 until 30th May 2021

Final of the Prize: on Tuesday, 7th September 2021 at the Louis Vuitton Foundation


Ahluwalia, Casablanca, Chopova Lowena, Nicholas Daley, Peter Do, Sindiso Khumalo, Supriya Lele, Tomo Koizumi (2020 finalists)

Thebe Magugu (2019 winner) Hed Mayner (2019 Karl Lagerfeld Prize)

Doublet (2018 winner)

Rokh (2018 Special Prize)

Marine Serre (2017 winner)

Kozaburo Akasaka (2017 Special Prize)

Grace Wales Bonner (2016 winner)

Vejas (2016 Special Prize)

Marques’Almeida (2015 winner)

Jacquemus (2015 Special Prize)

Thomas Tait (2014 winner)

Hood by Air (2014 Special Prize)

Miuniku (2014 Special Prize)


Over the 25 years since the foundation of LVMH, the Houses in the Group have all been inspired by a passion for creativity and innovation while nourishing an exceptional heritage rooted in time-honored know-how. As Bernard Arnault explains: “Innovation is more powerful when it springs from a preserved heritage.”

In métiers as diverse as fashion, jewelry, perfumes, leather goods, winemaking or watches, LVMH brands and designers stand apart in their quest for excellence, and their unique passion for innovation, invention and creativity.

Because both its roots and future are intimately linked to creativity, LVMH and its brands have always actively nourished creative talent. Creativity is one of the Group’s core values, guiding all its teams, from designers to noses to cellar masters. This engagement inspires all LVMH houses to actively support creativity in every form. For that reason, the Louis Vuitton Foundation for contemporary art opened to the public in October 2014 in a sumptuous building created by Frank Gehry, adding to LVMH’s lasting sponsorship of the arts.

Motivated by this “passion for creativity”, LVMH has for many years supported the world of fashion globally through corporate philanthropic initiatives, including:

  • the ANDAM Fashion Awards (Association Nationale de Développement des Arts de la Mode)
  • the Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival
  • Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London
  • the investment fund for young designers created by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. This same passion has led the LVMH Group to launch the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. This initiative helps drive the momentum and emergence of fresh talent that is essential to the vitality and diversity of the fashion ecosystem, a role that is perfectly in phase with the responsibilities of the world leader in luxury.

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