The CFDA announces Fashion Fund finalists for 2021

Amy de Klerk
·2-min read
Photo credit: Laquan Smith with Winnie Harlow - Getty Images
Photo credit: Laquan Smith with Winnie Harlow - Getty Images

The Council of Fashion Designers of America and American Vogue have revealed the finalists for the annual Fashion Fund, a prize which this year will award all 10 designers with mentorship and funding.

Although the prize – which launched in 2003 – is usually awarded to just one winner, with a smaller prize for two runners-up, the competition organisers felt that the structure needed to be rethought after such a tough year for these businesses mid-pandemic. It has not been revealed exactly how much each designer will receive or whether this structure will remain in place going forward.

"This year’s talented group of Fashion Fund finalists is facing an industry in the process of reinvention and transformation," CFDA chairman Tom Ford said. "The programme’s new format aims to help the designers better navigate and thrive in fashion’s future."

The 10 winners include a number of well-known names, including Batsheva Hay and LaQuan Smith, as well as up-and-coming designers whose talent has been recognised by the selection committee.

The full list reads as; Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta of Eckhaus Latta; Batsheva Hay of Batsheva; Anifa Mvuemba of Hanifa; Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka of House of Aama; Kenneth Nicholson of Kenneth Nicholson; Jameel Mohammed of Khiry; Abrima Erwiah of Studio One Eighty Nine; Edvin Thompson of Theophilio, LaQuan Smith of LaQuan Smith and Willy Chavarria of Willy Chavarria.

Past winners of the prize include Kerby Jean-Raymond, Telfar Clemens, Wes Gordon and Simon Miller.

You can discover more about this year's chosen designers and their work on the CFDA website here.

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