Maria Grazia Chiuri is joining the judging panel for the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.
The designer, who departed Valentino last year (16) where she’d worked alongside Pierpaolo Piccioli to become artistic director of womenswear at Dior, is set to take part in the fourth edition of the contest. She’ll join the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquiere and Jonathan Anderson for this year’s (17) competition, which opens for applications on Friday (13Jan17). Anyone who is under 40 years old and has produced and sold at least two menswear or womenswear ready-to-wear collections is eligible.
Delphine Arnault, the woman behind the initiative, reveals the board receives around 1,000 submissions each year as she explains it’s a “very open prize” with no nationality boundaries.
“What we are looking for mainly is creative talent, a fresh and unique point of view, a design vision and product that is different from what is already on the market,” Arnault added to WWD.
A committee of experts is ready to pre-select the eight finalists for the prize and the winner will receive $320,000 (£263,000) and a year of coaching from experts at fashion conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Seven new names are taking part in this area for 2017, including writer Derek Blasberg, retired Japanese footballer Hidetoshi Nakata and Dennis Freedman, creative director at Barneys New York.
Applications close on 5 February (17) and the winner will be crowned in June (17).
The 25 semi-finalists will be jetted out to Paris to unveil their designs at LVMH’s headquarters on 2 and 3 of March (17) during Paris Fashion Week.
“We remain in close contact with them, but it’s with the aim of helping young designers. We don’t require anything from them in exchange,” Arnault added of those who emerge successful. “We are a leader in our industry and it’s our responsibility to help identify young talents and to help them grow.”