2019 LVMH prize: The Eight Finalists

The 2019 LVMH prize opened in December 2018 and saw a record 1,700 entries from more than 100 countries across the globe. Those 1,700 entries were reduced to 20 and now the final 8 have been announced.

As diversity continues to storm the fashion world, we’re delighted to see two African designers (Nigeria and South Africa retrospectively) and an Israeli designer make the final. Furthermore, not only do a number of the chosen designers offer gender-neutral collections, the positive trend of sustainability continues, "This edition notably establishes the emergence of environmental and sustainable issues among the applicants," said Delphine Arnault, Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton and founder of the LVMH Prize, in an official statement.

The winners will be announced in June and the contestants can expect to be judged by the likes of Maria Grazia Chiuri, Jonathan Anderson and Carol Lim, amongst others. Sadly, the panel will see the noticeable absence of Karl Lagerfeld who passed away earlier this year, “We are extremely grateful to him for his support of young designers and for his remarkable contribution to the success of the LVMH Prize, which will not be quite the same without him," said Arnault.

You can see the finalists here