Albanian Designer Nensi Dojaka Just Won The LVMH Prize

Nensi Dojaka and a model wearing her designs. Photo: Saskia Lawaks / Courtesy of LVMH

Albanian designer Nensi Dojaka won the LVMH Grand Prize​ for ​Young Designers at a star-studded ceremony in Paris, making her the first Albanian to win the prestigious award.

London-based Dojaka beat some 1,900 applicants from 110 countries to walk away with a grand prize of 300,000 euros, plus a year of coaching from experts at luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, parent of brands including Vuitton, Guerlain, Dom Pérignon and Sephora.

Delphine Arnault, Executive Vice President of LVMH’s Louis Vuitton, states: “I am very happy that the 2021 LVMH Prize has been awarded to Nensi Dojaka. Her sensual and tailored fashion breaks with the conventions of womenswear, combining confidence and style.”


Dojaka was selected by a jury of industry leaders including Marc Jacobs, Maria Grazia Chiuri of Dior, Kim Jones of Fendi, Virgil Abloh of Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, and Jonathan Anderson of Loewe.

Originally from Albania now based in London, Dojaka recently graduated from Central Saint Martins and started her eponymous label in 2017. She made a name in the London fashion scene last year through Fashion East, an organization dedicated to nurturing new fashion talent by giving designers the opportunity to stage a runway show at London Fashion Week. Since then, Dojaka has become known for her ’90s-inspired spaghetti-strap dresses and carefully constructed sheer pieces of fabric.

Nensi Dojaka, center, with the LVMH Prize jury. Photo: Saskia Lawaks / Courtesy of LVMH

Since its founding, the LVMH Prize has promised to provide emerging talent from around the world with funding and insider connections. The LVMH Prize is open to designers under age 40 who have presented and sold at least two collections of women’s, men’s or unisex ready-to-wear.