The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Vogue on Wednesday revealed the ten finalists for the 2023 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, an award created following the events of 9/11 to help establish the next generation of American designers.
The 2023 finalists include Angelo Fabricio Urrutia of 4SDESIGNS, Colin LoCascio, Rachel Scott of DIOTIMA, Kim Shui, Kozaburo Akasaka of Kozaburo, Melitta Baumeister, Sami Miro of Sami Miro Vintage, Fletcher Kasell and Tanner Richie of Tanner Fletcher, Everard Best and Téla D’Amore of WHO DECIDES WAR and Henry Zankov of ZANKOV.
This year, the program will return to its usual programming, awarding one winner with a $300,000 USD cash prize and two runner-ups with $100,000 USD, while offering all finalists meaningful business mentorships. The Fund’s competition aspect was brought to a halt due to the pandemic in 2021 and 2022, during which cash prizes were awarded to all finalists.
The aforementioned designers’ works will be judged by the 2023 Selection Committee, which includes Anna Wintour (Vogue), Steven Kolb (CFDA), Mark Holgate (Vogue), Chioma Nnadi (Vogue), Aurora James (Brother Vellies & Fifteen Percent Pledge), Roopal Patel (Saks Fitfh Avenue), Eva Chen (Instagram), Sam Lobban (Nordstrom), Paloma Elsesser (model and activist), Nick Molnar (Afterpay & The Next Generation) and Thom Browne (Thom Browne New York & CFDA).
“Every year I am astounded by how much talent we have in this country, with designers who are as wildly creative as they are sensitive to the world today,” said Wintour. ”They’re not only imaginative, but they strive to be thought leaders and community creators, reminding us that fashion can be meaningful to everyone. I’m delighted to say that this year’s ten CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists are all those things—and more. My congratulations to our class of 2023.”
Browne, chairman of the CFDA, added, “It’s so important that the world sees this new generation of American designers… The talent in the United States is unparalleled in regards to creativity and diversity and, moreover, truly American… The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund shines an important and generous light on this.”
Stay tuned for the winner’s announcement in the coming months.
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