Launched by the French luxury giant of the same name in 2014, the LVMH Prize reaffirmed its success this year, receiving 1,700 applications from 110 different countries. For its seventh edition, the competition has selected 20 semi-finalists to take part in the next round on 27 and 28 February, when they will present their work before a panel made up of some 60 renowned fashion industry experts.
There are designers representing no less than 17 different nationalities at this stage of the selection process, with participants hailing from Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Denmark, France, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam and, for the first time, Argentina. The semi-finalists have therefore come from all four corners of the world, even if most have chosen to focus their activities in Europe, especially in London, where eight of them present their collections, but also in Paris – where four of the semi-finalists work – and Milan, home to one of the designers.
One noteworthy contender is French designer Ester Manas, a finalist of the 2018 Hyères Festival, who works with her partner Balthazar Delpierre to create inclusive fashion, proposing pieces with a one-size-fits-all philosophy. France will also be represented by menswear label Casablanca, founded in 2018 by Moroccan-born Charaf Tajer, co-founder of the Pigalle brand and a longtime fixture of Paris nightlife.
The 20 semi-finalists for the 2020 LVMH Prize:
Ahluwalia by Priya Ahluwalia
Alled-Martinez by Archie M. Alled-Martinez
Area by Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk
Casablanca by Charaf Tajer
Chopova Lowena by Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena
Commission by Jin Kay, Dylan Cao and Huy Luong
Ester Manas by Ester Manas and Balthazar Delepierre
Helmstedt by Emilie Helmstedt
Kaushik Velendra SHIK VELENDRA by Kaushik Velendra
Nicholas Daley by Nicholas Daley
Nous Etudions by Romina Cardillo
Peter Do by Peter Do
Piero D’Angelo by Piero D’Angelo
Rave Review by Josephine Bergqvist and Livia Schück
Samuel Guì Yang by Samuel Yang and Erik Litzén
Sindiso Khumalo by Sindiso Khumalo
Supriya Lele by Supriya Lele
Tomo Koizumi by Tomotoka Koizumi
Vaqar by Shirin Vaqar and Shiva Vaqar
Yuhan Wang by Yuhan Wang