On the 2nd of August, Vogue Arabia and the Dubai Design & Fashion Council (DDFC) unveiled an expanded program for the 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize, an annual endowment for the Arab world’s most promising fashion talents.
The first of its kind in the Middle East, the Fashion Prize was launched in 2015 and invigorates regional talent by providing a yearly program for emerging designers to showcase their abilities. It is overseen by a Selection Committee comprising senior executives from Vogue Arabia, the Dubai Design & Fashion Council, and both the regional and international fashion communities.
Over the past two years, hundreds of different designers from nearly 20 countries across the Arab world have applied to the Fashion Prize. Winners have included Hussein Bazaza (2015, ready-to-wear, Lebanon), Hind Matar (2015, ready-to-wear, Bahrain), Reemami (2016, ready-to-wear, UAE), Okhtein (2016, accessories, Egypt), and Ralph Masri (2016, fine jewelry, Lebanon).
In 2017, the Fashion Prize will award three different winners: ready-to-wear, accessories, and fine jewelry.
Manuel Arnaut, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Arabia, commented: “The Fashion Prize aligns with Vogue Arabia’s vision to invest in ecosystem development and elevate the Middle Eastern fashion scene. Building on the success of last year’s program, we will be introducing an official category for fine jewelry this year. We’re now in a position to further support our home-grown talents across a platform that better encapsulates the Arab world’s potential on a global stage.”
Jazia Aldanhani, CEO of the Dubai Design & Fashion Council, added: “Celebrating and promoting regional talent is a fundamental aspect to the DDFC’s mandate, and we are privileged for being able to work with Vogue Arabia in this initiative. The success of the Fashion Prize is testimony to the incredible talent of our community, and an important element in the effort to elevate Dubai’s positioning as a destination for design.”
This year’s Fashion Prize Selection Committee will include:
▪ Manuel Arnaut: Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Arabia
▪ Shashi Menon: CEO & Publisher, Vogue Arabia
▪ Caterina Minthe: Features Director, Vogue Arabia
▪ Jazia Aldanhani: CEO, Dubai Design & Fashion Council
▪ Karina Dobrotvorskaya: President and Editorial Director, New Markets and Brand Development, Condé Nast International
▪ Patrick Chalhoub: Joint CEO, Chalhoub Group
▪ Reem Acra: Founder and Creative Director, Reem Acra
▪ Edgardo Osorio: Founder and Creative Director, Aquazurra
▪ Anya Ziourova: International Fashion Director
The ready-to-wear, accessory, and fine jewelry winners of the Fashion Prize will be announced this November. The winning designers will receive a financial production grant; retail pick-up from selected retail partners; mentorship from various members of the Selection Committee; media/press coverage; and an advertising campaign promoting their Spring/Summer retail launch, collectively representing over US $250,000 in value.
Applications for the 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize opened on the 2nd of August at www.fashionprize.com. Viewers can follow the journey on social media at #FashionPrize