The 2014 ANDAM Fashion Award finalists have been announced :
Fausto Puglisi, Iris van Herpen, Études Studio, Rad Hourani, Jean-Paul Lespagnard, Yiqing Yin and Steven Tai.
The winner, who will be announced on July 3, will take home a prize of €250,000 and a year of mentoring from Kering’s chairman and chief executive officer, François-Henri Pinault who will help the winning designer with business matters that include the financial, legal, marketing, communications and production aspects of running a fashion house. The winner will also receive a purchase order from Hudson’s Bay Company and to top it all off they’ll take home €10,000 of Swarovski crystals.
Another trio of talents, Coperni, Gauchère and Monographie, are up for the €75,000 First Collections prize. “I am very honored to be apart of this year’s finalists. The ANDAM Award is one of the most globally recognized support for designers over the last 25 years. I am incredibly excited (and a bit nervous too!) to present my work to the jury,” offered Steven Tai. Speaking of the jury, this years judges include Ellen von Unwerth, Caroline de Maigret, Condé Nast France president Xavier Romatet, and Nicole Phelps of Style.com among others.
The founder of ANDAM, Nathalie Dufour, speaking to WWD, said
“We want to help winners gain a competitive advantage on the international market. We have to be on the offensive.”
Dufour founded ANDAM in conjunction with the French culture and industry ministries and with Pierre Bergé who was Yves Saint Laurent’s right-hand man.
Some notable past participants of the ANDAM include: Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, Christophe Lemaire, Jeremy Scott, Gareth Pugh and Alexandre Mattiussi.