London, Feb. 24 (CNA) Taiwan's Angus Chiang (江奕勳) has been shortlisted for the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers 2017, making him the first Taiwanese to get so far in the competition.
During an interview with CNA, Chiang said he was very happy to finally gain recognition after working so hard for long, but he also admitted to being a bit nervous, especially about the upcoming meeting with the jury and panel of experts.
Chiang is among 21 designers selected from 1,200 candidates from 90 countries, according to the organizers.
During a showroom exhibition on March 2 and 3, eight finalists will be picked from the 21 to vie for the LVMH Prize that will be awarded on June 16 at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, the organizers said.
Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of LVMH Group, said the 21 designers shortlisted this year are from Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Of these 21 designers, 10 design menswear, nine design womenswear, and two design unisex collections.
"Boldness is the keyword of the creations of these 21 young designers. LVMH felt a duty to create this Prize that rewards young designers but above all nurtures tomorrow's talent," Arnault said.
The LVMH Prize was launched in 2013 and is open to designers who have produced at least two collections and who are under 40, the organizers said.
(By Tai Ya-chen and Y.F. Low)