Pyer Moss was announced the winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund 2018, given to emerging talents to help them pave the way to become fashion leaders. Founder of the brand, Kerby Jean-Raymond, accepted the award of $400,000 last night. Emily Adams Bode of menswear brand Bode and womenswear designer Jonathan Cohen took home the runner-up prizes of $150,000 each.
Launched in 2013, Pyer Moss had a mission to build a narrative that speaks about heritage and activism, particularly for the black community. The brand was named one of Vogue’s Best Collections for Spring 2019 for a collection that was inspired by black culture (along with a runway that featured only models of color).
“At a time when our world faces so many challenges, I’m impressed by this year’s winners,” Anna Wintour said. “Their work highlights a high degree of creativity and a deep-rooted commitment to the notion of community. They’re not only a credit to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund as it celebrates its 15th anniversary, but also to the optimism and inclusivity of the very best American fashion.”
Pyer Moss’ winning piece for CFDA/Vogue was a dress inspired by artist Mickalene Thomas. The dress was a collage of over 10 layers of custom-made organza and silk prints, hand-beading and crystals.
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Tonight marks the end of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund— for our design challenge, we were asked to create a look based on the work of an assigned artist; we were assigned Mickalene Thomas. This dress collages over 10 layers of custom organza prints, custom printed silk, hand beading and crystals throughout.
Congrats to Pyer Moss! We can’t wait to see what the future has in store.