wales bonner wins the lvmh prize!
Following in the footsteps of Thomas Tait and Marques'Almeida, the London based designer scoops €300,000 and support from the French group.
Fresh from taking our breath away at London Collections: men with her carefully crafted, considered character-filled solo debut show, Grace Wales Bonner has won the prestigious and highly profitable LVMH Prize in Paris this afternoon. From the moment she graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2014, a softness and sensitivity has drawn the industry in. As she travels through time, continents and cultures, her narrative manages to playfully pause the usual blink-and-you'll-miss-them blur of boys and instead we lose ourselves in her world. Almost as much an artist, ethnographer, poet, dreamer and academic as she is a fashion designer, her craft celebrates, confronts and challenges cultural codes. The moments she makes manage to last longer than an Insta-scroll and transcend the rag trade because they force you to truly look, feel, think and react. In Grace's hands, the catwalk becomes a ceremony in which her characters coax us deeper inside her captivating narrative. Now, as her spring/summer 17 collection, Ezekiel collection lingers on our minds, it's pleasing to see this talent receive the recognition she deserves.
The decision was made by a jury of industry icons and insi-Ders including Jonathan Anderson, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Humberto Leon, Carol Lim,Phoebe Philo and Riccardo Tisci, and Delphine Arnault, plus Jean-Paul Claverie and Pierre-Yves Roussel of LVMH. Wales Bonner receives the nod over fellow finalists Aalto, Alyx, Brandon Maxwell, Facetasm, Koché and Y/Project. Toronto-based label Vejas is awarded the Special Prize.