Thomas Tait – winner of LVMH Price for Young Fashion Designers
Who is he? I was asking it too.
Thomas Tait is a Canadian designer based in London. After completing his studies at College LaSalle in Montreal, Thomas received his MA from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. His Autumn-Winter 2010 collection was selected to be featured in London Fashion Week. He is the winner of the inaugural Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize in 2010.
Jury: Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Riccardo Tisci, Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo, Kenzo duo Humberto Leon ja Carol Lim, Delphine Arnault, ja LVMH leading figure Pierre-Yves Roussel ja Jean-Paul Claverie.
“Clean, understated structure with a focus on curve-linear silhouettes,” thats he style and signatures. He is very close to the peaces and every piece represent their own challenge and develop their own kind of story with him. Thomas has always kind of opposed to the colour red, because it’s very aggressive. This season he had a moment, were he saw red kind of everywhere, like a mental range. And suddenly everything became red.
At the first Thomas Tait wanted to learn law, but he thought about and no, fashion studies makes more sense. He has a technical background and it’s very important that he’s involved how the garments are developed, cutting the volume, the structure. This season Thomas had at first time a muse or character, who was talking back to him. He is hard woking fashion designer!
One of the jury, Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), said that Thomas Tait really has a future and he’s not established yet. He has everything to prove and Lagerfeld really thinks that the money goes to the right person. Tait’s company is really small and he will really benefit of the mentoring and money, that this price will give him.
Thomas Tait and Karl Lagerfeld
Suzy Menkes (Vogue) said that Thomas Tait is really talented and he makes wonderful sketches, which is really rare nowadays.
Thomas Tait’s sketches
LVMH will give winners:
- A grant of 300,000 euros
- Personalized technical and financial support from the Group for a 12-month period following the LVMH Prize award. This support covers all the areas of expertise that are critical to a young fashion brand (intellectual property, sourcing, production and distribution, image and advertising, marketing, etc.).
How you can apply?
The Young Fashion Designers competition is open to designers from every country who have produced at least two collections and who are under 40. More about applying here.
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