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The LVMH Prize has fast become the industry’s most coveted prize for a new wave of emerging talent since its launch in November 2013. Past winners include Thomas Tait, Marques’Almedia and Grace Wales Bonner. After announcing a shortlist of 21 designers last month, which included Ambush, Martine Rose, Dilara Findikoglu, and GmbH, industry powerhouse LVMH has already whittled it down to 8 finalists. See who made the cut below, and still has the chance to win the prize of €300,000 ($318,000) and support from the LMVH Group for one year.

Who decides the winners? A carefully-selected panel of jurors (including J.W. Anderson and Karl Lagerfeld) and industry experts will make the call, under the supervision of Delphine Arnault, who is Director and executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton. A new addition to the panel of experts for 2017 is model-of-the-moment Kendall Jenner. She has joined the likes of seasoned fashion critic Cathy Horyn, along with CR Fashion Book founder Carine Roitfeld.

The eight finalists include designers originating from Russia, Japan, South Korea, France, the U.K., Denmark, and Syria, and it’s a real milestone for the wider industry’s mission for sincere diversity and inclusivity.

You can get see a list of the 8 finalists as well as the original shortlist of the 21 pre-selected designers below.

Meet the 8 Finalists

AMBUSH by Yoon Ahn (Korean-American designer based in Tokyo).

ATLEIN by Antonin Tron (French designer based in Paris).

CECILIE BAHNSEN by Cecilie Rosted Bahnsen (Danish designer based in Copenhagen).

JAHNKOY by Maria Kazakova (Russian designer based in New York).

KOZABURO by Kozaburo Akasaka (Japanese designer based in New York).

MARINE SERRE by Marine Serre (French designer based in Paris).

MOLLY GODDARD by Molly Goddard (British designer based in London).

NABIL NAYAL by Nabil el-Nayal (British designer based in London).

List of the 21 Pre-Selected Designers

ABASI ROSBOROUGH by Greg Rosborough (American designer based in New York).
AMBUSH by Yoon Ahn (American designer based in Tokyo).
ANGUS CHIANG by Angus Chiang (Taiwanese designer based in Taiwan).
ATLEIN by Antonin Tron (French designer based in Paris).
BLINDNESS by JiSun Park (Korean designer based in Seoul).
CECILIE BAHNSEN by Cecilie Rosted Bahnsen (Danish designer based in Copenhagen).
CHARLES JEFFREY LOVERBOY by Charles Jeffrey (British designer based in London).
DANIEL W. FLETCHER by Daniel Fletcher (British designer based in London).
DILARA FINDIKOGLU by Dilara Findikoglu (Turkish designer based in London).
GMBH by Serhat Isik (German collective based in Berlin).
JAHNKOY by Maria Kazakova (Russian designer based in New York).
KATHERINE MAVRIDIS by Katherine Mavridis (Australian designer based in New York).
KOZABURO by Kozaburo Akasaka (Japanese designer based in Tokyo).
MAGGIE MARILYN by Maggie Hewitt (New Zealand designer based in Auckland).
MARINE SERRE by Marine Serre (French designer based in Paris).
MARTINE ROSE STUDIOS LIMITED by Martine Rose (British designer based in London).
MOLLY GODDARD by Molly Goddard (British designer based in London).
NABIL NAYAL by Nabil el-Nayal (British designer based in London).
PALOMO SPAIN by Alejandro Gomez Palomo (Spanish designer based in Cordoba).
RICHARD MALONE by Richard Malone (Irish designer based in London).
SULVAM by Teppei Fujita (Japanese designer based in Tokyo).

Words by Kam Dhillon
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