Melitta Baumeister, a designer known for her unique sculptural creations, won the nineteenth CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Linda Evangelista, a fashion icon, presented her with this prestigious award. It’s an exciting fashion moment. Baumeister’s remarkable achievement comes with a grand prize of $300,000 USD, along with invaluable mentorship from luminaries in the fashion realm.

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A Rising Star with a Unique Vision

Hailing from Germany but making her mark in New York, Melitta Baumeister is the embodiment of innovative design. A graduate of the Parsons MFA program, she has made waves with her distinctive and sculptural fashion sensibilities. Her eponymous label, established in 2013, has become a favorite among A-list celebrities, including Rihanna and Lady Gaga.

Other Talented Finalists

Baumeister clinched the top prize. But let’s recognize the other talents too. Rachel Scott and Henry Zankov, both skilled designers, nabbed runner-up spots and will each get $100,000 USD grants. The competition was intense, with a group of finalists that included Angelo Fabricio Urrutia of 4SDESIGNS, Colin LoCascio, Kim Shui, Kozaburo Akasaka of KOZABURO, Sami Miro of SAMI MIRO VINTAGE, Fletcher Kasell and Tanner Richie of TANNER FLETCHER, and Everard Best and Téla D’Amore of WHO DECIDES WAR.

Praise from Fashion Icons

Anna Wintour, the chief content officer at Condé Nast and global editorial director of Vogue, lauded this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund class, stating, “They all have something to say about what fashion can be—and where it needs to go.” Thom Browne, chairman of the CFDA, praised the fund for its consistent support of creative talent and the exploration of new and unique stories in the world of fashion.

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A Distinguished Panel of Judges

A formidable panel, including fashion heavyweights like Anna Wintour and Thom Browne, chose the winners and runners-up.

Melitta Baumeister’s victory highlights the importance of creativity and originality in fashion. Looking forward to the fund’s 20th anniversary in 2024, it’s evident that the fashion industry is in good hands.

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