The 2021 LVMH Prize finalists. Courtesy.
The nine designers with a chance to win the prestigious fashion award were announced Wednesday, after 32,000 people participated in a public vote to decide on who should be in the running.
In addition to London-based menswear designer Bianca Saunders and American designer Christopher John Rogers, the finalists include Kika Vargas, Lukhanyo Mdingi, Nensi Dojaka, Rui Zhou, KidSuper, Colm Dillane, Conner Ives and Charles de Vilmorin.
The winner will be decided in September by a jury, which includes some of LVMH’s top designers, and will receive €300,000 ($362,000) and a one-year mentorship programme. The runner-up will be awarded €150,000 and access to professional advice from industry experts for a year.