For the past five years, the LVMH Prize has championed young designers and graduates from around the world. His grand prize and special prize winners, including Grace Wales Bonner, Marques' Almeida, Marine Serre, Jacquemus, and Kozaburo, have not only received financial support and guidance from LVMH's leaders and designers, they have, on the turn, become some of leading voices in the industry. As Rok Hwang, last year's special winner for his brand Rokh, explains, "It was more than a prize, it was a window for me to connect with a lot of top talents from the industry. Also, the whole experience does not feel like a competition but a pure form of celebration towards creativity. "
All to say that for young designers, there are few better launchpads than the LVMH Prize. The good news: Applications are now open for the 2019 award. Designers between 18 and 40 years old, with at least two collections under their belt, can apply through LVMH's site, with the semifinalists to be revealed in the new year. In applying, you'd join the ranks of finalists like Off-White, Vetements, Eckhaus Latta, and so on, so what are you waiting for?