Beverly Hills) – The 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize was launched today at The Beverly Hills Hotel with a high profile panel of judges from the world of fashion including Derek Blasberg*, Catherine Bloom, Penny Lovell and Gelila Puck. Last week, the UK and Italian launch events took place announcing UK judges: Daniella Helayel, Caroline Issa, Stephen Jones, Nicholas Oakwell, Rupert Sanderson, and Stephen Webster. Italian judges are Vivia Ferragamo, Guglielmo Miani, Fabia Di Drusco and Margherita Perico. Following the worldwide interest that the prize has generated in the fashion industry, the prize has widened to invite applications from young design talent of ready-to-wear or premium accessories brands based in countries where there are Dorchester Collection hotels: the UK, France, Italy, Switzerland and the US. In a further move designed to encourage emerging international design talent, the prize will now feature additional panels of judges recruited by Dorchester Collection hotels in each of these countries. “We’re thrilled to continue to support upcoming designers and launch the 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize with a new international format. Our aim is to continue to attract a high standard of talent; it’s been rewarding to follow the success of previous winners and finalists, knowing that the prize has helped them to make that next step to global success and recognition,” states Christopher Cowdray, chief executive officer of Dorchester Collection. Thomas Tait, Anndra Neen and Augustin Teboul, previous winners of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize, have since enjoyed critical acclaim for their collections and been featured in respected titles such as The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar UK, Vogue.com and L’Officiel. “Since winning the 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize, we’ve had a huge amount of media attention which has been fantastic for promoting our brand”, say Annelie Augustin and Odelie Teboul. The grand final will be on October 29, 2013 at The Dorchester, where five shortlisted designers will be invited to stage a catwalk presentation. The judges of the 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize will seek to award one designer who best demonstrates original aesthetic flair, a capability for future critical distinction and commercial success. The winner’s work must also evoke the spirit of Dorchester Collection’s iconic hotels and, therefore, project a sense of individuality, luxury, style and craftsmanship. Entries for the 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize must be based in UK, France, Italy, Switzerland or the US; have an established design business and have operated their brand for a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years. A new element of the application process includes the submission of a one minute video entry which invites applicants to present their collection, inspiration and design philosophy. The 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize carries an endowment of £25,000 to help establish the designer’s brand, a two night stay at a Dorchester Collection hotel and, in a new element launched this year, the prospect of one-to-one mentoring from a selection of the judges.]]>
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