Thomas Tait wins top LVMH Prize for inaugural competition

#Fashion, Thomas Tait May 28, 2014

Thomas Tait was today announced as one of six winners in the inaugural LVMH Prize, an international fashion competition that pits designers under 40 against each other for 300,000 euros and a year of assistance for mega luxury conglomerate LVMH. New York-based brand Hood by Air and Mumbai-based Miuniku were named as “special prize” winners for the competition.

The designers were three of twelve finalists selected from a group of over 1,200 designers who applied for the competition by submitting a portfolio of their work that contained at least two seasons to a panel of judges presided over by LVMH’s Delphine Arnault.  That group was whittled down to 30 semi-finalists and then down to 12 finalists that included CG by Chris Gelinas, Gabriele Colangelo, Simon Porte Jacquemus, Tillmann Lauterbach, Tim Coppens, Simone Rocha, Vika Gazinskaya and Suno. That finalist list also included the brand Atto but the brand closed it’s doors before the final winner had been announced.

This group of 11 was shuttled back to Paris this weekend to face the final LVMH Prize Jury. Creative heads for LVMH-owned houses like Fendi’s Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere, Dior’s Raf Simons, Celine’s Phoebe Philo and Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci as well as Kenzo’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim sat on the jury.  LVMH brass like Pierre-Yves Roussel and Jean-Paul Claverie as well as Delphine, rounded out the cohort.

While the special prize comes in the form of a 100,000 euro award, the prize also named the winners of the Student Prize: Peter Do from FIT, Flavien Juan Nunez from IFM and Teruhiro Hasegawa from CSM. These three students will be placed in positions at Celine, Dior and Givenchy respectively and also have won a 10,000 euro scholarship a piece.