Thomas Tait wins the Young Fashion Designer prize given by LVMH.
Tait is a designer working in London, whose Fall/Winter collection from 2010 was in London’s fashion week.
The competitors are determined by eight of its creative directors who choose who they think would qualify as the young fashion designer of the year. The qualifications are that the person must be under 40 years old and have, “sold at least two women’s or men’s ready-to-wear collections.”
LVMH, or Louis Vuitton, and Moet Hennessy, was formed over 20 years ago “to create the world leader in luxury goods,” as described by their website. They use this status to help promote other talents that deserve recognition but may not get it because they aren’t as well known. The award was started by Delphine Arnault who’s on the board of LVMH
The company also offers the designer room to grow, in giving them 300,000 euros, and a personal assistant for a year.
This concept was launched in November 2013, but Tait was the first winner of the award.
There are three other winners chosen who receive 10,000 euros, and are offered to work for LVMH for a year. These are chosen from graduates in a fashion design program in college.
According to LVMH.com the winners were Peter Do (Fashion Institute of Technology, New York), Teruhiro Hasegawa (Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London) and Flavien Juan Nunez (La Cambre, Bruxelles and the Institut Français de la Mode, Paris).
These designers straight out of school have already got their foot in the door by either working in the studios of top designers, or competing in design awards for well-known designers.
The award is given once a year, and if you feel you have what it takes to enter, go to LVMH.com to learn more about how to enter.