The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue have selected 10 finalists for the CFDA Design Awards. The award was founded in 2003 to help young creators and develop the fashion industry in New York. The Foundation awards the winner with a grand prize of $300,000 and two runners-up. They will each receive $100,000 and will also receive mentorship from key industry representatives. WWD writes about it.
This year’s selection panel includes Condé Nast Chief Content Officer Anna Wintour the Designer, CFDA Chairman Tom Brown, CFDA Executive Director Stephen Kolb, Mark Holgate and Vogue’s Chioma Nnadi, the Designer of Brother Vellies and founder of the Fifteen Percent Pledge, Aurora James, the creative director of Saks, Fifth Avenue, Rupal Patel. , Nordstrom executive vice president Sam Lobban, and model and activist Paloma Elsesser.
“It is important for the world to see this new generation of American designers… The talent in the United States is unparalleled in terms of creativity and diversity, and furthermore, it is truly American,” Brown said in a statement.
The shortlist included Colin LoKashio with his brand (the designer is also a Design Director for the Kendall+Kylie brand), Everad Best and Tela D’amore with Who Decides War, Kozaburu Akasaka, Sami Miró Vintage and Henry Zankov with his brand name
“Every year I am amazed at the amount of talent we have in this country, designers who are both wildly creative and sensitive to the modern world,” Wintour said.
Previously, the Council of Fashion Designers of America added 16 temporary members. The designers will be part of the CFDA for three years. We talk about it in more detail here.