Today, the LVMH prize 2019 finalists presented their collections to a panel of industry experts for the final round of judging.

After deliberation, LVMH ambassador Alicia Vikander announced that the LVMH prize 2019 will be awarded to South African womenswear designer Thebe Magugu. Magugu will take home the 300,000-euro grant and will receive a one-year mentoring program from a dedicated LVMH team.

The Karl Lagerfeld prize (formerly known as the "special prize") was awarded to Hed Mayner, who will receive a 150,000-euro grant in addition to a one-year mentoring program as well.

Speaking on the result, Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton commented:

“I am delighted that, for the first time, an African candidate has won the Prize, all the more so since Thebe Magugu, aged 26, is the youngest designer of the 2019 selection. His creative work appropriates the codes of menswear and womenswear, of the traditional and the experimental, playing with volumes and traditional South-African know-how. The jury was also seduced by Hed Mayner’s contemporary vision. His collections question the notion of gender through an aesthetic that blends soft lines and structure, simplicity and luxury. The sixth edition is evidence of the international outreach of the LVMH Prize, year after year: hailing from over one-hundred countries, more than 1,700 candidates applied this year. I would like to thank the eight finalists – from Europe, North America, the Middle East, Japan and Africa – who presented creations of an exceptional quality. I am delighted that the LVMH Prize contributes to placing the spotlight on Thebe Magugu and Hed Mayner, the two winners, and also to helping them develop their business.”

Previous winners have included Marine Serre, Grace Wales Bonner, and most recently, Japanese streetwear label Doublet.

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