LVMH, the leading
French multinational luxury conglomerate and owner of 76 renowned brands around
the world, announced earlier this week the 8 finalists of the LVMH Award 2020.
semi-final with 20 competitors, 8 have been chosen to present their final
collection to the committee of expert judges that will take place on June 5,
2020 at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. The winner will receive a grant
of 300,000 euros and a year of mentoring by the LVMH team.
In a recent press
release, Delphine Arnault, Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton and member
of the board of directors and executive committee of LVMH, stated: “This year, once again, the
semi-finalists impressed us with their creativity and their commitment to
creating garments that are environmentally friendly […] The eight finalists have in common to be
very talented in their respective fields and aspire to improve knowledge.”
Among the finalists
there are 5 candidates dedicated to the manufacture of women’s clothing and
another 3 determined to change the standardized patterns of men’s fashion. The
collections around gender do not stand out today as they did in the past, but
sustainability and responsible design continue to be the key for many of this
year’s contestants. Of the various duos and trios in the semifinalist group,
there remain the two British and Bulgarian Americans from Chopova Lowena.
Bulgaria is represented in the line-up for the first time, and South Africa has
its second finalist with Sindiso Khumalo, after Thebe Magugu’s victory last
This year’s panel of judges includes Virgil Abloh, Rihanna and Stella McCartney who join Jonathan Anderson, Kris Van Assche, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, and Clare Waight Keller as well as Arnault, Jean-Paul Claverie and Sidney Toledano.