The 2016 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists have been selected.
The fund aims to support emerging talents in America and will see 10 young designers compete for a prize of $400,000 plus mentorship from the fashion industry and Vogue editors, while two runners-up will take home $150,000 each.
The finalists have been announced this past Wednesday by Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, who won the inaugural Fashion Fund in 2004, at the Proenza Schouler store in Soho, New York.
Over the next months, the designers will create new collections and participate in special challenges, ending with a fashion show in October at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. The winner will be announced on November 7 at a gala dinner in New York. The selection committee includes Neiman Marcus‘ Ken Downing, J.Crew‘s Jenna Lyons, Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg.
‘The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund helps designers develop and grow their businesses trough mentoring and financial support,’ said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA, in a statement. ‘It is globally recognized by editors and retailers as a source for new talent and for jumpstarting the careers of important American designers.’
Check out the 10 finalists below.
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