Today (June 16, 2017), designer Marine Serre was bestowed by a Dior-clad Rihanna with the LVMH Prize, a coveted fashion award that includes a financial reward of 300,000 euros and a year of coaching by experts from LVMH Moët Hennessy’s various fashion houses. Kozaburo Akasaka of Kozaburo won the runner-up special prize.
The ceremony took place at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, an event attended by LVMH Prize attendees, including Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, Karl Lagerfeld, Louis Vuitton womenswear designer Nicolas Ghesquière, Loewe artistic director Jonathan Anderson, Phoebe Philo of Céline and Kenzo designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.
Born in Corrèze, France, Serre is based in Paris. She studied fashion at La Cambre in Belgium and during her time there interned at prestigious labels including Alexander McQueen, Maison Martin Margiela and Christian Dior.
She graduated with high honors from the school in March 2016 and capped her time at the school with a graduate collection titled, “Radical Call for Love.” The buzz generated from the presentation lead to a junior design position at Balenciaga she began in the fall, that was followed by a request by LVMH Prize that she enter this year’s competition.
Serre’s fall collectoin will make its debut in including The Broken Arm, H. Lorenzo, Dover Street Market, Opening Ceremony and SPACE by Nordstrom. Eventually, she plans to open a small studio in Paris.
The LVMH Prize attracted approximately 1,200 entries, which were narrowed down to a short list of 21 designers in February. A list of eight finalist were announced in early March: Yoon Ahn (Ambush), Kozaburo Akasaka (Kozaburo), Cecilie Rosted Bahnsen (Cecilie Bahnsen), Nabil El-Nayal (Nabil Nayal), Molly Goddard, Maria Kazakova (Jahnkoy), Marine Serre, and Antonin Tron (Atlein).
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Check out some looks from Serre’s “Call for Radical Love” collection below.