LVMH Prize: Syrian-born designer Nabil El-Nayal makes the cut
The LVMH Prize has revealed its eight finalists for its fourth edition: Yoon Ahn, Kozaburo Akasaka, Cecilie Rosted Bahnsen, Nabil El-Nayal, Molly Goddard, Maria Kazakova, Marine Serre, and Antonin Tron. Highlighting the diversity in talent, the selected designers originate from different parts of the world from Russia to Japan and France to the UK, with the Middle East represented by Syrian-born designer El-Nayal.
Operating out of London, El-Nayal and his eponymous label showcase a deep interest in Elizabethan workmanship. Interestingly as well, El-Nayal, who was also a finalist in 2015, gained worldwide attention in 2010 for being the first fashion designer in the world to utilise 3D printing.
The winner of the LVMH Prize will be chosen by a 12-man jury, which includes nine artistic directors from within the conglomerate – Jonathan Anderson, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Phoebe Philo and Riccardo Tisci. In addition to the Dhs1.2 million grant, the winner will also receive a one-year mentorship from the LVMH Group.
The winner will be announced on June 16, 2017. Meanwhile, find out who the nominees are for the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards.