Marine Serre wins the LVMH prize for Young Designers
The 25-year-old French designer receives her award from Rihanna
Congratulations are in store for French-Belgian designer, Marine Serre – she was just announced as this year's winner of the prestigious LVMH Prize for Young Designers. The judging panel which included the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Maria Grazia Chiuri were in attendance at the Louis Vuitton Foundation as Rihanna, wearing Dior, handed Serre her award.
The 25-year-old designer graduated with highest honours from La Cambre Mode(s) Belgian Fashion Design Academy just a year ago. She beat out seven other finalists to walk away with the grand prize: a €300,000 grant and a year of financial and technical support from LVMH Group.
"The jury was impressed by Marine Serre's work, which cleverly combines urban, sportswear and oriental inspirations, creating through these confrontations a unique aesthetic," said LVMH Prize founder Delphine Arnault in an official statement.
Serre's winning collection collection, Radical Call for Love, combines 19th century Arabic luxury textiles with futuristic sportswear elements. Besides heading her eponymous label, the French designer is also a designer at Balenciaga.
A special prize of €150,000 and one-year mentorship from LVMH Group was also awarded to finalist, Japanese designer Kozaburo Akasaka. As for the Graduate Prize of €10,000 euros and a one-year placement at an LVMH brand, three fashion graduates were awarded the special honour: Mariam Mazmishvili from La Cambre in Brussels will join Louis Vuitton, Maija Meiro from Aalto University in Helsinki will be placed at Kenzo, and Robert Wallace from Central Saint Martins in London will be at Céline.
Congratulations to all the talented winners!