SA designer Lukhanyo Mdingi awarded the special Karl Lagerfeld Prize

South African designers are bagging worldwide wins, and we’re loving it.

It was in March this year when Cape Town-based designer Lukhanyo Mdingi, was introduced as one among the prime 20 finalists for the coveted LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) Prize of 2021. This year’s jury, consists of prime designers like Virgil Abloh, Stella McCartney, Kim Jones and Marc Jacobs.

Fast-forward to September, the place he has been named as the joint winner of the special Karl Lagerfeld Prize.

It is not any shock that he’s one among the winners of the eighth version of the LVMH Prize. His work is, in spite of everything, of worldwide requirements. The designer, identified for creating meticulously made items and collaborating with artisans, shares the prize with KidSuper and China’s Rui Zhou.

Lukhanyo Mdingi in his COUTTS A/W21-22 assortment. Picture: Luke Houba

It is the first time that LVMH has had three winners for the Karl Lagerfeld Prize.

“We’re thrilled to announce that, for the first time, ever we have three winners of this year’s 2021 Karl Lagerfeld Prize, and they are the very talented designers @kidsuper, @lukhanyomdingi, and @ruiofficial.me,” they mentioned on Instagram.

Mdingi gained the hearts of the judges by showcasing sustainable designs. In creating the profitable assortment, he used labour-intensive methods to provide clothes that deliver to life the soulful power that he injects into his work.⁠

Mdingi, and the two different designers, stroll away with €150 000 (it will likely be cut up equally) and a year of mentorship.

The LVMH Prize was gained by London-based designer, Nensi Dojaka.

STUNNING pullover from Lukhanyo Mdingi COUTTS A/W21-22 assortment. Picture: Instagram @lukhanyomdingi.

During the time of saying the prime 20 finalists, Delphine Arnault, government vice-president of Louis Vuitton and founding father of the LVMH Prize, mentioned they acquired greater than 1 900 functions.

Arnault was additionally impressed by the mature work produced by the younger designers.

“Designers are asked to be much more than designers, and the candidates have adapted to this new reality. They are very aware of their image, they build their businesses and, above all, they think about creation and its environmental issues. All the semi-finalists show a sincere and deep commitment, whether it be social, ethical, artisanal, environmental or local. They are anchored in today’s world,” she mentioned at the time.

It just isn’t the first time a South African designer luggage the LVMH Prize. In 2019, Kimberly’s Thebe Magugu gained the LVMH Prize, making him the first African designer to win the title.

Being recognised by the LVMH Prize has confirmed to work in favour of the designers. For instance, since profitable the title, Magugu’s career has been flourishing. Besides dressing worldwide celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Zozibini Tunzi, Tina Kunakey, and Naomi Campbell, he has additionally bagged different distinguished gigs, like having his designs displayed at the Costume Institute, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, and was chosen as one among the Woolmark Prize prime six finalists.

South Africa’s Sindiso Khumalo was a co-winner of final year’s competitors. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 finalists didn’t current their collections to the professional panel of judges and due to this fact the eight finalists shared the prize money.

On profitable, Mdingi took to Instagram to write down a message of gratitude and in addition one among tribute to his pal, the late designer, Nicholas Coutts.

“We met the moment… It’s an incredible honour to represent Nicholas’s legacy with respect and sincerity. I’ll forever be grateful to the support of Lindsay, Emma and Mick Coutts – your son and brothers presence will never wane,” his message started.

He then proceeded to thank his creator and those that have been early supporters of his work.

“Siyakudumisa Thixo siya kuvuma ukuba unguYehova Umhlaba wonke ubedesha wena uYise ongunaphakade Zonke ingelosi zimemeza kuwe. Kwanezulu nawo onke amandla akulo.

“This is for all the homies that have been there since day one – you know who you are. I got you. Always.”

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