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Some of Italy’s most famous fashion brands are marking the 150th anniversary of the country’s unification with an exhibition at London’s Somerset House.

EYE ON THE PRIZE: Anthony Vaccarello, a graduate of La Cambre in Brussels, has scooped up the 2011 ANDAM Fashion Award, enabling him to put on a catwalk show in Paris in October and open a studio in the French capital. The endowment totals 200,000 euros, or $287,800 at current exchange rates. Vaccarello, who won the Grand Prix at the 2006 International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères, will be mentored for two seasons by consultant and former Chloé chief executive officer Ralph Toledano. He also wins Swarovski Elements worth 10,000 euros, or $13,250, to be used towards his spring-summer 2012 collection, and the use of Galeries Lafayette’s La Suite space for his next showroom.

Vaccarello beat fellow nominees Adam Kimmel, Commuun’s Kaito Hori and Iku Furudate, Jeremy Laing, Matthew Harding and runner-up Yiqing Yin. Yin, who plans to stage her first runway show on July 7 during couture week in Paris, won a second prize worth 60,000 euros, or $86,300.

Having a Parisian project in view is a prerequisite to be eligible for the ANDAM prize, which is sponsored by the likes of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and Longchamp, as well as France’s Ministry of Industry and Ministry of Culture.

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