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The First Edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers was awarded to Thomas Tait. Tait will receive 300, order 000 euros as well as a year of intensive coaching from the French conglomerate, which owns Dior, Celine, and Louis Vuitton, among other high profile fashion houses. The winner was named at a press conference in the headquarters of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in the presence of a jury stacked with the French group’s fashion stars. Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquière, Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo and Riccardo Tisci, along with Kenzo’s creative duo Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, sat on the jury with Delphine Arnault, who spearheaded the prize initiative, along with LVMH executives Pierre-Yves Roussel and Jean-Paul Claverie.

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Tait is a Canadian designer based in London. After completing his studies at College LaSalle in Montreal, Thomas received his MA from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. His Autumn-Winter 2010 collection was selected to be featured in London Fashion Week. Tait is known for his sporty, minimalist take on womenswear and bold use of block colors. The jury also awarded two special prizes to Hood by Air’s Shayne Oliver and Miuniku, by sisters Nikita and Tina Sutradhar. Each are to receive 100,000 euros and a year of mentoring.

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-Nargas Karimi