What, exactly, does it take for up-and-coming American designers to bring home the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, one of the most influential prizes in the industry? In Vogue.com’s brand-new, exclusive video series, The Fund, they take a closer look at this competition.

In the first installment of the series, you meet Fashion Funders past and present (including Alexander Wang and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez from Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone) and start following this year’s competitors on their journey—from the day they submit their portfolios to the big-reveal gala awards ceremony in November.

Interesting behind the scenes look and with impressive brands coming from the Fund, it is definitely worth considering as an up and coming designer. Enjoy!

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