Nensi Dojaka, a London-based designer, has been named the winner of this year’s LVMH Prize for Young Designers. She will receive a grant of 300,000 euros and a mentorship program for a year hosted by LVMH executives.
The designer from Albania is well-known for her intricate mini-dresses, organza designs and other unique pieces. Stella McCartney and Virgil Abhol were part of a panel of industry experts that made the final selection. The LVMH Prize for Young Designers, which includes nine other finalists, aims to encourage diversity and help new talent emerge.
Dojaka, who was delivering a short, emotionally charged speech as she accepted the award, said that “I don’t know what I should say.” She said, “Thank you so very much, it was unexpected.” She said, “I am honored that all of your guys are here,” and pointed to the small crowd in front.
The show was hosted by Emma Chamberlain, an influencer, and Derek Blasberg, a journalist. It was held at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. A small audience of industry professionals and designers watched it live on YouTube.
The Karl Lagerfeld Special Jury Prize was awarded to three designers as a tribute. Lukhanyo Mdingi, a South African designer, Rui Zhou, a genderless Shanghai brand Rui, and Colm Dillane, a New Yorker, will each be awarded 150,000 euros. They will also receive LVMH’s mentorship program for one year.
Bianca Saunders from London, Colombia and Kika Vargas, a Colombian designer, were also finalists. Connor Ives was a womenswear specialist. Past winners of the LVMH Prize include Jacquemus, Hood by Air and Kozaburo Akasaka.
After the cancellation of the 2020 event, the show was aired for the first time in 2 years. The cash prize was split equally between the eight finalists in the previous edition.