The LVMH Prize is a platform created by Delphine Arnault, the executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, to honour and support young fashion designers around the world
FORMER Kimberley resident and SA fashion designer Thebe Magugu announced on social media yesterday that he has been selected as a Top 8 finalist for the LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton) Prize.
On Wednesday, the multinational luxury goods conglomerate announced the eight finalists for its highly-regarded LVMH Prize for Young Designers, and for the first time ever, designers from Nigeria and South Africa have made the cut.
This prestigious prize is now in its sixth year and is awarded to fashion designers who have produced at least two collections and are under the age of 40 years.
This year’s finalists are South Africa’s Magugu, Nigeria’s Kenneth Ize, Anrealage, Bethany Williams, Bode, Hed Mayner, Phipps, and Stefan Cooke.
“I am so honoured to be selected as part of the LVMH Prize Top 8 finalists and to be part of such a monumental initiative by LVMH. Representing South Africa at the highest echelons of fashion in Paris has been one of the best parts of it all,” Magugu said on Twitter.
The LVMH Prize is a platform created by Delphine Arnault, the executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, to honour and support young fashion designers around the world.
Out of the 1 700 applicants, Magugu made it to the top 20 semi-finalists and now the top 8 finalists.
Magugu, who is now a Joburg-based designer but hails from Kimberley, makes women’s ready to wear clothes while having a firm footing in accessories and small multidisciplinary projects.
The eight finalists will compete for the nearly R5 million and a year’s worth of mentoring.
Earlier this year Magugu was crowned the winner of the IFS 2019 at the London Fashion Week.