Šiais metais 19-metis dizaineris, Vėjas Kruszewski, turintis studiją Toronte ir kuriantis pagal savo etiketę “Vėjas”, yra vienas iš 26 menininkų galintis laimėti 300000 eurų ($ 452,000 CN) LVMH premiją. Premijos laimėtojas bus paskelbtas kovo mėnesį vyksiančioje madų parodoje, Paryžiuje.
Jaunas menininkas, kurio motina yra lietuvė, o tėvas lenkas, yra kilęs iš Monrealio. Per trumpą laiką savo kūriniais Vėjas padarė didelį žingsnį madų pasaulyje. Jo drąsaus dizaino rūbų galima rasti įtakingiausių JAV krautuvių lentynose.
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Lithuanian Canadian designer Vejas Kruszewski shortlisted for lucrative LVMH Prize
Canadian designer Vejas Kruszewski has made the shortlist for the lucrative LVMH Prize for young fashion designers.
The 19-year-old behind Toronto-based label Vejas is among 26 candidates in contention for the prize, which awards the winner a grant of 300,000 euros (C$452,000). The prize was created by the French-based Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy Group in 2013 to support emerging talent in the fashion industry. Judges on the panel include top designers such as Marc Jacobs, Phoebe Philo and Jonathan Anderson.
Kruszewski is challenging other emerging labels such as Wanda Nylon, Ms Min and Alex Mullins for the top spot, which, in addition to the cash prize, also garners a year of specialized business support from the LVMH group.
The Canadian designer of Lithuanian and Polish descent, who is originally from Montreal, has already made a mark on the fashion landscape; his bold designs can be found on the racks of influential retailers such as Opening Ceremony in the United States. “At this point I am just honoured to be recognized by such a prestigious organization, and humbled by the support from the panel and the community,” Kruszewski told The Globe and Mail as he prepared to take his collection to Paris. “It’s a huge vote of confidence, and I welcome the opportunity to show our work on a broader platform.”
Quebec-born Tait, who is now based in London, took home the prize in 2014. Other winners include American Shayne Oliver’s label Hood by Air and Portuguese designers Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques’Almeida. Both brands have gained a boost in international visibility, which is a much needed advantage in the competitive industry. “I think it’s incredible that LVMH invests in young talent in such an involved way, and it’s a huge opportunity to show your work on a world stage to mentors who are industry icons themselves,” Kruszewski says.
The winner will be announced during Paris Fashion Week in March. Louis Vuitton Moët Hennesy owns fashion houses including Christian Dior, Balenciaga, and the 162-year-old French design-house in its name.