2015 BFA Fashion Design graduate Maggie Hewitt is shortlisted as one of 21 select designers for the distinguished 2017 Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey (LVMH) Prize. Maggie is founder and director of her own sustainable fashion label Maggie Marilyn and has already achieved huge success in the last year, with multiple presentations at Paris Fashion Week, features in Vogue, with online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter as their first global stockist. She is the first New Zealander to be finalist for the prize.
The LVMH Prize was launched in November 2013 and was “created to honour and support young fashion designers around the world.” 3000 applications were submitted from 102 nationalities, with 29 being the average age of applicants. Judges for the prize include esteemed designers Riccardo Tischi of Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld of Fendi, Marc Jacobs and Maria Grazia Chiuri of Dior. The eight selected winners receive a grant of 300,000 euros, expertise and mentorship for one year.
Whitecliffe President Michèle Whitecliffe comments, “all the faculty especially the fashion faculty, myself included, are ecstatic to see her in the final 21 for the LVMH Prize this year. Maggie’s success is every young fashion designers dream and she has reached this point at rapid speed since graduating with top marks in 2015. She was a very hard working diligent student and her creative skills combined with her tenacity has got her to where she is today. We all feel so proud of her achievements. Her sustainable practise is also part of what Whitecliffe feels so strongly about and we hope that this is the start of a new and positive trend for all young kiwi designers.”
The winners will be announced on 16 June. We wish Maggie all the best!
For more information, please visit the LVMH Prize website.
(Image courtesy of Maggie Marilyn)