There’s no question that 2020 was a difficult year for fashion. The Covid-19 pandemic hit young designers especially hard, forcing many to not only figure out how to stay in business, but how to stay creative and inspired in one of the world’s darkest times. The 20 semi-finalists for the 2021 LVMH Prize represent the award’s first pandemic class, showcasing the many ways young talents have had to adapt and expand in trying times. Their collections will be shown in a virtual showroom from 6 to 11 April, and in an LVMH Prize first, visitors will be able to vote on their favourites. “This year, over 1,900 people applied: Young designers are showing great maturity in their work,” said Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton and founder of the LVMH Prize. “Today, designers are asked to be much more than designers, and the candidates have adapted to this new reality. They are very aware of their image, they build their businesses… and above all, they think about creation and its environmental issues. All the semi-finalists show a sincere and deep commitment, whether it be social, ethical, artisanal, environmental, or local. They are anchored in today’s world.” Read more at British Vogue.