Who he is: Brandon Maxwell
What you need to know: Brandon Maxwell launched his eponymous collection in 2015 after a career as a successful stylist and fashion director to Lady Gaga. His collections are well-regarded for their tailored, sophisticated pieces and black and white color-palette.
On the nomination: “Almost one year ago today my life was in a completely different place. I took a leap and a chance and it was the scariest thing I think I've ever done. This nomination was such a joy and a blessing because it served as a reminder to believe in myself and give thanks for those around me who have always stood so selflessly by me.”