London-based womenswear designer Nensi Dojaka wins 2021 LVMH Prize



Nensi Dojaka, KidSuper, Lukhanyo Mdingi, Rui with the Jury and Isabelle Huppert
Pic: LVMH



Nensi Dojaka, an Albanian womenswear designer based in London, was announced as
the winner of the 8th edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers
that took place on September 7 at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. Dojaka
will receive a €300,000 endowment and will be mentored for one year by a team
of LVMH experts.


Given the incredible talent of the finalists, the jury decided to award the Karl
Lagerfeld Prize to three designers: Colm Dillane, the American founder of the KidSuper
label based in Brooklyn (womenswear and menswear), Lukhanyo Mdingi, a South African
designer based in Cape Town (womenswear and menswear), and Rui Zhou, the Shanghai-based
Chinese designer behind the brand Rui (genderless fashion). They each receive €150,000
and will enjoy a one-year mentorship.


Nensi Dojaka, an Albanian womenswear designer based in London, UK, was announced
as the winner of the final of the 8th edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion
Designers that took place on September 7 at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. Dojaka
will receive a €300,000 endowment and will be mentored for one year by a team of
LVMH experts.


The two awards were presented by the French actress Isabelle Huppert at the Louis
Vuitton Foundation, the company said in a statement.


Delphine Arnault stated: “I am very happy that the
2021 LVMH Prize has been awarded to Nensi Dojaka. Her sensual and tailored fashion
breaks with the conventions of womenswear, combining confidence and style. Given
the incredible talent of the finalists, the Jury decided to award the Karl Lagerfeld
Prize to three designers: Colm Dillane for KidSuper, Lukhanyo Mdingi and Rui Zhou
for Rui. All three have sharp and unique visions of today’s fashion. The 8th
edition is evidence of the international scope and appeal of the LVMH Prize: hailing
from over one-hundred countries, nearly 2,000 candidates applied this year.”


Moreover, three young fashion school graduates were distinguished: Adam Kost, a
graduate of Institut Français de la Mode (Paris), Franziska Simon, a graduate
of Heinrich-Heine Universität (Düsseldorf) and Eric Starc, a graduate
of Università Iuav di Venezia (Venice). Each will receive €10,000 and
join the studios of three Houses of the LVMH Group for one year, respectively Louis
Vuitton menswear, Dior menswear and Dior womenswear.


Artistic directors from the LVMH group Virgil Abloh, Jonathan Anderson, Maria Grazia
Chiuri, Marc Jacobs, Kim Jones and Stella McCartney, alongside Delphine Arnault,
Jean-Paul Claverie and Sidney Toledano formed the jury for the competition.


The 9th edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers will take
place in 2022.


Fibre2Fashion News Desk (KD)





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