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PARIS — Hennes & Mauritz AB on Monday unveiled the eight finalists for its annual H&M Design Awards, to be announced on Jan. 28.
Chosen from design schools around the world, the finalists have each won 5,000 euros, or $6,835 at current exchange. They are competing for a cash prize of 50,000 euros, or $68,340, and the opportunity of showing their creations at Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week, also on Jan. 28.
Pieces from the winning collection will be sold at selected H&M stores next fall.
The finalists are Eddy Anemian, a Frenchman studying at La Cambre in Brussels; Chinese-born Jia Hua from Parsons in New York; Devon Halfnight Leflufy, a Canadian graduate of the Royal Academy in Antwerp; Xiao Li, a Chinese graduate of the Royal College of Art in London; Lina Michal, a Swedish graduate of Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm; Sophie Sälekari, a Finnish student at the Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture in Helsinki; Henriette Tilanuas, a Dutch graduate of the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, and Camilla Blasé Woodman, a British student at the Royal College of Art in London.
“Each has their own unique creativity, amazing technical skills, and the vision to push fashion forward,” said Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative head of design.
The winner will be chosen by a jury including designer Erdem Moralioglu, actress Michelle Dockery, style maven Michelle Harper, British Vogue executive fashion editor Serena Hood, Vogue Italy senior fashion editor Sara Maino, as well as Johansson and H&M’s creative advisor Margareta van den Bosch.