This year marks the fifth anniversary of the collaborative design project set up between the CFDA and Vogue to assist up and coming designers establish themselves in the industry. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund was created to assist emerging designers by awarding them with start up grant to begin building their business. Each year, ten outstanding finalists are chosen and from that group, one winner is picked from a panel of industry experts to receive a grant of $200,000. Two runners up are also picked who receive $50,000 each. In addition to the grant money, the award also involves a year long mentorship with an established industry professional whose specific field of expertise is best matched with that of the winning designer.
Previous winners have included Proenza Schouler, Trovata, Doo.Ri, Rogan, AlbertusQuartus, and Alexander Wang . Notable runners up include Phillip Lim, Marchesa, Thakoon, Derek Lam, Rodarte, Habitual, and Vena Cava. The ten finalists for the 2009 group have just been released and with each announcement comes the fun part for the rest of us—an editorial spread in Vogue featuring the breakthrough finalists with a model showcasing their designs. This lines belonging to the 2009 finalists include: Alabama Chanin, Esquivel Shoes, Gary Graham, House of Waris, Monique Pean, Ohne Titel, Patrik Ervell, Sophie Theallet, Spurr, and Wayne. The spread is a visually engaging way for the rest of us to become acquainted with the designers and their lines before the awards are announced in a few months time. Good luck to all the nominees!
Check out the full spread in Vogue's Top Ten article on the 2009 finalists.
Article Source: Vogue.com
Photo Source: NY Mag, Vogue.com
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