The CVFF, which was created in 2003 with the aim to help emerging designers break into the American fashion industry, grants funds to all finalists in addition to personal mentorship. This year’s roster includes Pia Davis and Autumn Randolph of No Sesso, Elena Velez and Colm Dillane of KidSuper, who are selected by committee members such as Anna Wintour, Eva Chen, Paloma Elsesser, Aurora James and Thom Browne.
“Our 10 finalists are a wonderful reminder that great fashion isn’t only wildly creative, but that it comes with a conscience. I’m so proud of this year’s group; they represent the very best of what America can be — and what it can stand for,” Wintour said in a statement. Steve Kolb, CEO of the CFDA, added: “This year’s group of finalists are among the best talents to bring fashion into the future. They’re diverse, daring, and redefine codes of American style.”
See the full list of finalists down below.
2022 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund (CVFF) Finalists:
Jacques Agbobly, BLACK BOY KNITS
Elena Velez, ELENA VELEZ
Felisha Noel, FE NOEL
Lauren Harwell Godfrey, HARWELL GODFREY
Taofeek Abijako, HEAD OF STATE
Conley Averett, JUDY TURNER
Colm Dillane, KIDSUPER
Pia Davis and Autumn Randolph, NO SESSO
Omar Salam, SUKEINA
Jackson Wiederhoeft, WIEDERHOEFT