Previous Vogue Fashion Prize winners
Since its inception in 2015, the Vogue Fashion Prize has catapulted some of the most promising regional designers to stardom. The program has seen hundreds of designers from 20 countries across the Arab world apply for a chance to win the top prizes in ready-to-wear, accessories, and high jewelry categories. Previous winners, including Hussein Bazaza, Reemami, and Ralph Masri, have gone on to achieve international acclaim. The Vogue Fashion Prize is an event that can change a designer’s career and this month, powered by NEOM, the Vogue Fashion Prize makes a return – and it’s going to be bigger than ever before.
As we prepare for the return of the pioneering initiative, let’s take a look at the careers of some of the previous winners.
2016 Vogue Fashion Prize high jewelry winner Ralph Masri. Photo: Supplied
Since winning the high jewelry category at the 2016 Vogue Fashion Prize, Ralph Masri has seen nothing but success. The Lebanese master craftsman has seen his collections adored by celebrities, influencers, and royalty across the world and is a favorite of Queen Rania of Jordan, Céline Dion, Gigi Hadid, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
Beirut-born Masri started out as one of the region’s most promising designers, and with his meticulous construction and stunning creations, he has established himself as one of the top names in the competitive world of contemporary fine jewelry. Prior to his success with the Vogue Fashion Prize in 2016, Masri had already begun to make a name for himself on the jewelry scene. When he was 18, he won the Swarovski Award, which saw him work for the crystal giant for a year. At 20, he became the youngest student ever to be nominated for the UK Jewellery Award, while a student at the world-renowned Central Saint Martins design college. It was this recognition that pushed him to establish his eponymous label in 2014 and later apply for the Vogue Fashion Prize in 2016.
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“Having a name like Vogue Arabia and the Fashion Prize backing you helps elevate your brand to a new level,” Masri told Vogue Arabia, when reflecting on his award-winning success. Although winning the Vogue Fashion Prize was not Masri’s first taste of victory, it was a defining moment in his career, and one that saw his confidence soar. “It gave me much more confidence, much more credibility; it made me trust my instinct a lot more,” he explains.
Queen Rania pictured wearing Ralph Masri Phoenician script zig-zag earrings in 2017. Photo: Facebook / Queen Rania
His exquisite creations are somewhat of an art form, with his finesse of fine jewelry becoming a must-have for women all over the world. One of his most loyal customers is Queen Rania of Jordan, who is often seen wearing Masri’s stunning pieces. “Ever since Her Majesty wore my jewelry for the occasion of Jordan’s anniversary of independence, I have had people come to my store asking for the Queen Rania pieces,” Masri told Vogue Arabia.
Hundreds of designers from nearly 20 countries across the Arab world have already applied to the Vogue Fashion Prize. Don’t miss out! Applications for the 2020 Vogue Fashion Prize are open now at fashionprize.com.
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