The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has become one of American fashion’s most prestigious competitions. Proenza Schouler, Pyer Moss, and Alexander Wang have all won in the past, and runners-up have included Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, and Thom Browne. It’s no wonder that being accepted into the competition alone can bring a major career boost. With that in mind, today the CFDA and Vogue announced the finalists of this year’s Fashion Fund. Below are the 10 designers and brands competing for the top prize.
1. Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough of Abasi Rosborough
2 Alejandra Alonso Rojas
3. Victor Barragan of Barragán
4. Christopher John Rogers
5. Hillary Taymour of Collina Strada
6. Danielle Hirsch of Danielle Frankel
7. Raffaella Hanley of Lou Dallas
8. Siying Qu and Haoran Li of Private Policy
9. Reese Cooper
10. Natalie Ratabesi of Tre by Natalie Ratabesi
“Our ten finalists are a true reflection of American fashion – and the world – today, speaking to creativity, community, and sustainability,” says Anna Wintour. “They are following in the footsteps of so many wonderful talents who’ve come before them, and I look forward to seeing what our class of 2019 will do in the months to come.”
In addition to Wintour and Steven Kolb, this year’s selection committee includes previous Fashion Fund winner Joseph Altuzarra, Diane von Furstenberg, Eva Chen, Andrew Rosen of Theory, Roopal Patel of Saks Fifth Avenue, model Paloma Elsesser, Jeffrey Kalinsky of Jeffrey and Nordstrom, and Vogue‘s Mark Holgate and Chioma Nnadi. The finalists are competing for a grand prize of $400,00, as well as mentorship from industry experts. There are also two runner-up prizes of $150,000. The winner will be announced November 4 in New York. Good luck guys!