Cape Town Fashion Designer Lukhanyo Mdingi
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Cape Town Fashion Designer, Lukhanyo Mdingi beat out designers from around the world to win a coveted international fashion prize; making local fashion lovers beyond proud!


Global (01 November 2023) — After making fashion lovers around South Africa proud as the only South African picked for the AMIRI Prize Finalists list (a coveted, international fashion award), Cape Town fashion designer Lukhanyo Mdingi has gone on to win the award.

“We’re incredibly proud to be the recipient winner of this season’s AMIRI Prize 2023,” Lukhanyo Mdingi expressed. 

The Cape Town fashion designer’s eponymous label has, since 2015 been synonymous with community and creation with intention. As such, the international accolade is a reflection not only of remarkable talent but of community support.

“To be under the aegis of this institute is a true reflection of what it means to be of service and purpose to others…

“To my LM Studio, cabinet of friends & collaborators your continuous support, guidance and belief has been immeasurable; through the trajectory of establishing the foundation of the LM label, the experience has been unmatched. Its your continuous presence that has inspired and allowed me to consistently persevere with the intentional work of our label, Lukhanyo Mdingi.”—Lukhanyo Mdingi. 

Mdingi was selected out of nine finalists representing countries around the world. However, the designer’s relationship-centric, ethical design process and unique visualisation of local pride beat out the world to earn Mdingi a moment that will inspire young creatives all over the country.

The AMIRI Prize is awarded to up-and-coming talent from diverse backgrounds and will grant Mdingi $ 100,000 (almost R2 million) as well as a mentorship set to span a year with Mike Amiri.

The prize announcement praised Lukhanyo Mdingi as a label that “exists as a space that moves deeply into the very essence of human ingenuity and the preservation of craftsmanship,” and the South African fashion community couldn’t be prouder to see one of our own soaring at this level.

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