Belgian designer Anthony Vaccarello has won the prestigious ANDAM Award for fashion design.
The prize includes €200,000 and €10,000 worth of Swarovski crystals and was presented over the weekend in Paris. Last year's winner was breakthrough designer at London Fashion Week, Hakaan Yildirim. Previous winners include Giles Deacon, Gareth Pugh, Martin Margiela and Jeremy Scott, who won the prize twice.
The judging panel is made up of a variety of key players in fashion design and publishing; editors, creative directors and chairpersons of fashion brands. Emmanuelle Alt, new Editor of French Vogue, is said to covet Vaccarello's designs and is a big influence on the ANDAM board.
31-year-old Vaccarello presented his first full collection at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year. He has spent several years at Fendi, under Karl Lagarfeld, specialising in designing with fur.
He studied at La Cambre design school in Brussels and his Belgian and Italian roots are implemented in his work, creating a fusion of texture and panelling, with a futuristic aesthetic.
He once described his designs as "intricate, glamorous and intoxicating". Vaccarello's next collection will be showcased in September.