After the full selection of nominees for the LVMH Prize 2019 was revealed back in February, this year’s list has now been shortened to eight finalists. This year’s final eight is described as the most diverse list since the competition began in 2013, and features designers from Israel, South Africa and Nigeria for the first time.
A key theme of this year’s list is sustainability, with a growing emphasis on ethical fashion throughout the list. Stand-out names from the finalists include New York-based label BODE and Paris-based PHIPPS, both of which place a focus on fabric sourcing. Ethical concerns are play an important part in the work of finalist Bethany Williams, who told HYPEBEAST earlier this year that she was “committed to exploring social and environmental change within my work and working with marginalised parts of society to bring about positive change.”
Take a full look at the list of finalists below, and expect this year’s winner to be announced in early June. The winner will take a home a €300,00 EUR (approx. $340,000 USD) prize as well as receiving year-long mentorship from a dedicated LVMH team.
In other fashion news, eye_C released its first physical magazine.
Anrealage (by Kunihiko Morinaga)
BODE (by Emily Adams Bode)
Kenneth Ize (by Izedonmwen)
PHIPPS (by Spencer Phipps)
Stefan Cooke (by Stefan Cooke and Jake Burt)
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★ The finalists are here ★⠀ ⠀ Congratulations to the #lvmhprize2019 finalists! ⠀ ⠀ Kunihiko Morinaga @anrealage_official⠀ Bethany Williams @bethany_williams_london ⠀ Emily Adams Bode @bode ⠀ Hed Mayner @hedmayner ⠀ Kenneth Izedonmwen @kennethize ⠀ Spencer Phipps @phipps.international⠀ Stefan Cooke & Jake Burt @stefan_cooke ⠀ Thebe Magugu @thebemagugu ⠀ ⠀ #lvmhprize