Sophie Theallet_runwayshot.jpgFrench-born designer, Sophie Theallet, has scooped this year's highly regarded CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

At an awards ceremony held in New York last night, featuring keynote speaker, Alber Elbaz, Theallet received $200,000 and a one-year mentorship with fashion professionals to help market, design, and produce her future collections.

She beat out fellow finalists Alabama Chanin's Natalie Chanin, Esquivel Shoes' George Esquivel, Gary Graham, Waris' Waris Ahluwalia, Monique Pean, Ohne Titel's Flora Gill and Alexa Adams, Patrik Ervell, Spurr's Simon Spurr and Wayne's Wayne Lee.

Theallet is perhaps best known for having her feminine designs worn by Michelle Obama. The First Lady wore her creations not once, but twice last summer. She also had the industry in a buzz during her September '09 show when she presented her collection only on black models. She succeeds last year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund recipient, Alexander Wang.

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