The Amiri Prize, a leading fashion award and incubator, named on Monday Cape Town-based designer Lukhanyo Mdingi as the 2023 prize winner.
Lukhanyo was selected as the winner from a pool of nine finalists by Amiri founder Mike Amiri, and a distinguished panel of judges. The prestigious prize includes a year-long mentorship with Amiri and a grant of $100,000 USD.
Born in 1992, Lukhanyo Mdingi established his eponymous fashion line in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2015. His work is distinguished by his collaboration with local artisans, whom he empowers with his unique design approach. His label has garnered international acclaim and numerous accolades while celebrating the human ingenuity and cultural significance of the local community.
“We’re incredibly thankful to the Amiri Prize, its jury committee and Mike Amiri for the immeasurable opportunity extended to the Lukhanyo Mdingi label, we look forward to receiving the fundamental guidance needed to steadily grow our Independent Business & Vision,” said Mdingi.
Mike added: “This year’s talent was exceptional, and it was difficult to select a frontrunner, but Lukhanyo’s vision and approach stood out to all of us. His recent collections have seen him fine-tune a singular aesthetic and sensibility, but just as commendable is the purpose behind what he does — for his wider community and culture – and this resonates with serious brand potential.”
The Amiri Prize was established as an annual fashion incubator in 2021 to spotlight the unique and varied voices shaping our future and to create a support system. In 2023, the second edition of the prize opened up to international applicants for the first time, attracting nearly 1,000 applicants worldwide.
Other finalists included Abdel El Tayeb of El Tayeb Nation; Dorian Who, behind Dorian Who; Grace Ling, representing self-titled brand Grace Ling; Keith Herron, of Advisry; and Li Gong, of 8On8, among others.
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