Joseph Altuzarra Wins CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award

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CFDA CEO Steven Kolb with the night's big winner Joseph Altuzarra in October.

He’s been around for just six seasons, but Joseph Altuzarra has secured himself a place in American fashion history.

On November 14, the designer was presented with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize, a coveted award for the so-called up-and-coming designers of today. 

The honor includes a prize of $300,000 and a year of mentorship from an industry heavy hitter. (Also part of Altuzarra’s take-home: a specially commissioned bronze statue of a swan by artist Rachel Feinstein.)

Altuzarra isn’t the only one who received accolades. Jewelry designer Pamela Love and Chicago-based design duo Shane Gabier and Chris Peters from the line Creatures of the Wind were named runners-up for the award; they will also receive a $100,000 cash prize and mentoring.

“The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund continues to ensure that the next generation of American designers get the support that they need to grow and thrive,” said CFDA CEO Steven Kolb in a statement. “Over the last eight years, the Fund has helped more than 75 designers succeed in an ever more competitive and more global business.”

Past winners of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award include Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Billy Reid, and Sophie Theallet.