The ten finalists for the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund have just been announced, which is very good news for them and just news for the rest of us. The winner will receive $300,000, a special mentorship with an industry bigwig, and lots and lots of attention. Last year, Joseph Altuzarra took home the final prize (which included a $300,000 award) and Pamela Love and Creatures of the Wind’s Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters were runners-up (their prize package included a not-too-shabby stack of one-hundred thousand dollars).
The ten 2012 finalists will now have to present their most recent collection to the CFDA/Vogue judges, design a special piece for sponsor Tiffany & Co, and produce a runway show. Winners will be announced on November 13 (exactly one week after the 2012 elections). Good luck to them all!
Andrea Lieberman, A.L.C.
Greg Armas, Assembly New York
Sofia Sizzi, Giulietta
Justin Salguero, Daniel Silberman, and Alina Silberman; Illesteva
Jennifer Fisher, Jennifer Fisher Jewelry
Jennifer Meyer Maguire, Jennifer Meyer
Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty, Suno
Tabitha Simmons, Tabitha Simmons
Greg Chait, The Elder Statesman
Wes Gordon, Wes Gordon