Yesterday, LVMH announced the eight designers selected for the final round of the LVMH prize in June. Westminster graduate Priya Ahluwalia has made the final cut from the original 20 semi-finalists down to the final 8 for this year’s LVMH prize.
Priya graduated from the Menswear MA course at Westminster in June 2018 and has already shown both at London Fashion Week Mens and at Paris Fashion Week, and has collaborated with Browns and Adidas, while in 2012 she won the H&M Design Award.
Ahluwalia stockists include Browns, Matches, Ssense, LN-CC, Nubian Tokyo, N ID Tokyo, Opening Ceremony NYC, Opening Ceremony LA, Stripe Inc, Seven Store and Addicted Korea.
The grand jury includes the designers Maria Grazia Chiuri, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Anderson, Rihanna, Virgil Abloh, Stella McCartney, Kris Van Assche, and Clare Waight Keller.
The finalists will meet the LVMH jury on 5 June in Paris, when the winner will be announced.
Talking about her achievement, alumna Priya Ahluwalia said: “Being in the final of the LVMH prize is mind-blowing. I remember while I was at university, I used to always look at who was in the finals, I never thought back then it’d be myself.
“All the skills I learned on the Menswear MA course really allowed me to prepare for this moment, from developing my collections each season to being able to present my work to industry. It is a real honour to be a part of the prize and have the opportunity to present my work to some of the great leaders and innovators of fashion.”
Professor of Fashion Design Andrew Groves added: “Our focus at Westminster has always been on ensuring our students are industry-ready when they leave us. In a little over 18 months, Priya has gone from being a student on the Menswear MA course, to being recognised by the world’s leading designers including Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Nicolas Ghesquière and Claire Waight Keller as being one of the future stars of tomorrow. We wish her the best of luck for the final in June.”