SA designer Lukhanyo Mdingi awarded the Karl Lagerfeld Prize including LVMH mentorship

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 Lukhanyo Mdingi and NYFW Mens Ambassador Billy Porter at Lukhanyo Mdingi Presentation at Pier 59 Studios on 6 February 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
Lukhanyo Mdingi and NYFW Mens Ambassador Billy Porter at Lukhanyo Mdingi Presentation at Pier 59 Studios on 6 February 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

Lukhanyo Mdingi made South Africa proud when he was named a finalist of the prestigious LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) Prize. 

The Cape Town-based designer has now been announced as joint winner of the Karl Lagerfeld Prize alongside Shanghai-based designer Rui Zhou and U.S designer Kidsuper. The prize comes with a year’s mentorship at the LVMH Group and €150 000 (more than R2.5 million). 

Albanian designer Nensi Dojaka took home the top LVMH Prize award for young designers. 

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The jury for this year’s prize included Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton men's artistic director, Stella McCartney, sustainable luxury at her eponymous brand and Kim Jones, artistic director of women’s collections at Fendi, among other industry heavyweights.  

South African designers have been ranking high at the LVMH Prize in recent years. Sustainable luxury designer Sindiso Khumalo was one of eight finalists in 2020 who shared the prize because of the cancellation of finals due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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In 2019, womenswear designer Thebe Magugu became the first-ever African designer to win the LVMH Prize, which was the only beginning for South African designers and creatives sharing the stage with our international peers.  

Upon receiving the award at the ceremony at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Lukhanyo Mdingi said, “I’ve always believed that the power of a collective is far greater than that of a singular and I think that this prize is testament to that.”

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