LVMH Prize 2021: Nensi Dojaka Wins Top Honours and US$350k Grant
The prestigious LVMH prize for young designers recognises fashion designers under 40 who have presented and sold at least two ready-to-wear collections. Since 2014, it has launched the careers of many young designers who are now industry fixtures such as Marine Serre, Grace Wales Bonner and Marques' Almeida.
In its eighth edition, LVMH picks Central Saint Martins graduate Nensi Dojaka who has been making a name for herself for her distinct mini dresses with strappy designs, ruched detailing and sheer panelling. In fact, her London-based label has been growing a cult following online in the last two years, with her designs seen on Emily Ratajkowski, Kendall Jenner, Kaia Gerber and many more.
After many rounds of digital and physical presentations, Dojaka was chosen as the winner out of 1,900 applicants from 110 countries by a judging panel of the biggest names in the industry including Virgil Abloh, Jonathan Anderson, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Marc Jacobs, Kim Jones, Stella McCartney as well as LVMH’s CEO, Sidney Toledano.
The judges of the LVMH Prize 2021 (Instagram/@lvmhprize)
Kim Jones and Marc Jacobs (Photo: Instagram/@lvmhprize)
Maria Grazia Chiuri (Photo: Instagram/@lvmhprize)
At the prize-giving ceremony hosted by Derek Blasberg and Emma Chamberlain, Dojaka was awarded alongside fellow young designers, who received recognition for their talent. Kidsuper, Lukhanyo Mdgingi and Rui Zhou won the Karl Lagerfeld Prize, the first time that three winners have shared this coveted award. LVMH also celebrated young fashion graduates Adam Kost, Franziska Simon and Erik Starc, who are now headed to Louis Vuitton and Dior to make their mark in the fashion industry.