Last night's 2011 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize involved two hours of intense deliberation by an elite group of judges that included international fashion writer Derek Blasberg, Calvin Klein Collection women's creative director Francisco Costa, and Moda Operandi co-founder Lauren Santo Domingo. Their job was to narrow down a list of 77 highly qualified candidates and select five finalists to compete for the grand prize, which includes $40,000 and the opportunity to display their collection during Paris Fashion Week in 2012 at Hôtel Plaza Athénée.
They certainly had their work cut out for them, but they've managed to round up a great mix of innovative designers, including one of our favorite futuristic fashion talents, Setareh Mohtarez (pictured above). Read on for the complete list of chosen finalists and some things you may not know about them.
The 2011 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize judges, from left: Shala Monroque, Lauren Santo Domingo, Keren Craig, Derek Blasberg, Giovanna Battaglia, Bronwyn Cosgrave, Thom Browne, Elizabeth Saltzman and Francisco Costa.