Making waves

Nensi Dojaka wins this year’s LVMH Prize
By Alex James Taylor | Fashion | 7 September 2021

This year’s LVMH Prize winner is… [drum roll] Nensi Dojaka.

Awarded the Prize by six of LVMH’s most acclaimed artistic directors – Virgil Abloh, Jonathan Anderson, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Marc Jacobs, Kim Jones and Stella McCartney – the Albanian-born, London-based womenswear designer came out top beating 1,300 applicants from over 110 countries to take home the 300,000 euro reward and an invaluable year of mentorship from LVMH experts. Elsewhere, the Karl Lagerfeld Special Jury Prize was split between three winners: KidSuper founder and designer Colm Dillane, Shanghai designer Rui Zhou, and Cape Town’s Lukhanyo Mdingi. Each bagged a grant of 150,000 euros and a one-year mentorship program from LVMH.

GALLERYNensi Dojaka FW21

Inspired by her CSM lingerie studies and abstract art, Dojaka creates womenswear that alters perceptions, crisscrossing delicate lines to reveal glimpses of skin and alter silhouettes. This month will see the designer show her fourth collection as part of Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East incubator, having joined the initiative in 2020.

Delphine Arnault said: “I am very happy that the 2021 LVMH Prize has been awarded to Nensi Dojaka. Her sensual and tailored fashion breaks with the conventions of womenswear, combining confidence and style. Given the incredible talent of the finalists, the Jury decided to award the Karl Lagerfeld Prize to three designers: Colm Dillane for KidSuper, Lukhanyo Mdingi and Rui Zhou for Rui. All three have sharp and unique visions of today’s fashion.”

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