Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Today, Vogue Arabia and the Dubai Design & Fashion Council (DDFC) announced the ready-to-wear, accessories, and high jewelry finalists of 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.
During the application phase, over 100 different designers from 13 countries across the Arab world applied. Following a vote from the Selection Committee, 13 designers from 4 different countries were chosen as finalists:
- Faissal El-Malak: UAE
- FMM Dubai (Fatma Al Mulla): UAE
- Lama Jouni: UAE
- Nour Najem: Lebanon
- Twisted Roots (Latifa AlGurg): UAE
- Alia bin Omair: UAE
- Hooked | HKD (Farah Nasri): UAE
- Joanna Laura Constantine: Lebanon
- LaLaQueen (Sally Sarieddine): Lebanon
- Liudmila (Najeeba Hayat): Kuwait
- Gaelle Khouri: Lebanon
- Nadine Ghosn Fine Jewelry: Lebanon
- Nuun Jewels (Nourah Al Faisal): Saudi Arabia
The ready-to-wear, accessory, and high jewelry winners of the Fashion Prize will be announced at a gala event this November. The winning designers will receive a financial production grant; retail pick-up from marquee retail partners including Harvey Nichols – Dubai and Bloomingdale’s Kuwait; mentorship from various members of the Selection Committee; media/press coverage; advertising promoting their Spring/Summer 2018 retail launch; and a presentation/showcase at Fashion Forward Dubai in March 2018, collectively representing over US $250,000 in value.
Manuel Arnaut, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Arabia, commented: “Investing in emerging talent is one of Vogue Arabia’s most important goals. Through programs such as the Fashion Prize, we’re able to showcase our region’s budding talents — now including the fine jewelry category — and to highlight the Arab world’s potential on a global stage. Our inspirational Selection Committee will also help to expand the awareness of these young brands.”
Jazia Aldanhani, CEO of the Dubai Design & Fashion Council, added: “The Dubai Design & Fashion Council is committed to encouraging and supporting designers in the region to further elevate and develop the design industry. We’re excited for another edition of the DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize, a successful initiative that is testimony to the incredible talent of our community. We wish our finalists the best of luck.”
Khalid Al Tayer, CEO of Al Tayer Insignia, added: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the renowned DDFC/Vogue
Fashion Prize program and showcasing these promising designers. Our stores already carry previous Fashion Prize finalists and this represents an expansion of our commitment to supporting regional talent.”
Viewers can follow along and support the entire journey of the Fashion Prize finalists at www.fashionprize.com or on social media at #FashionPrize