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The CFDA and Vogue just announced the 2015 class of Fashion Fund finalists. The new crop of 10 designers will undergo a series of interviews and studio visits with a panel of judges that includes Jenna Lyons, Anna Wintour, and Diane von Furstenberg, complete a design challenge specific to the competition, and present their work at a fashion show at the Chateau Marmont in LA in October. The winner and two runner ups will be announced on November 2nd.
In the CFDA's announcement introducing the finalists, it noted that the prize stakes have been raised this year. The winner of the competition, which in the past has included the Public School duo and Alexander Wang, will now be awarded $400,000 instead of $300,000. The runner ups will be awarded $150,000 instead of $100,000.
Here's the full list of the 2015 Fashion Fund finalists:
- Scott Studenberg and John Targon (Baja East)
- Matt Baldwin (Baldwin)
- Aurora James (Brother Vellies)
- Brad Schmidt and Raul Arevalo (Cadet)
- Chris Gelinas (CG)
- Becca McCharen (Chromat)
- Rio Uribe (Gypsy Sport)