The International Woolmark Prize reinforces commitment to Designers and Textile Mills

The Woolmark Company is reinforcing its commitment to supporting emerging design talent by enhancing the prize money for the prestigious International Woolmark Prize. The restructure of the award also shines a spotlight on the textile mills assisting in developing innovative wool fabric and yarn, with the introduction of an Innovation Award.

The nominees for Europe are:

Menswear:
– Arte Antwerp (Belgium)
– MIRO SABO (Czech Republic)
– 22/4 (Germany)
– Miaoran (Italy)
– Jazz Chris (Netherlands)
– NEO design (Serbia)
– Palomo Spain (Spain)
– L’HOMME ROUGE (Sweden)
– MiiN (Turkey)

Womenswear:
– Wim Bruynooghe (Belgium)
– Tereza Rosalie Kladošová (Czech Republic)
– Mark Kenly Domino Tan (Denmark) – Vladimir Karaleev (Germany)
– Brognano (Italy)
– AIKA ALEMI (Kazakhstan)
– David Laport (Netherlands)
– Moisés Nieto (Spain)
– Bashaques’ (Turkey)

Each of the 65 global nominees will receive AU$2000 to assist in the development of their submission piece, ahead of the regional finals to be held in Dubai, London, Milan, New York, Seoul and Sydney throughout July. In addition, each regional menswear and womenswear winner will this year receive AU$70,000 to go towards their final collection. Prize money for the two eventual winners has also increased, with the global menswear and womenswear winner each receiving AU$200,000.

The newly introduced Innovation Award has been created to celebrate the most unique and creative fabric or yarn development from a finalist. The winner of the Innovation Award will be granted AU$100,000 as well as being presented with commercial opportunities. The textile mill responsible for the exciting development will also be promoted via The Woolmark Company’s global trade promotional program.

Due to increasing pressures on young designers, we have restructured our program spend with a greater focus on the design talent and our partners,” explains The Woolmark Company’s Managing Director Stuart McCullough.

Each year, I am truly amazed with what our finalists present to the judges. Just when you may think you’ve seen it all, along comes an exciting new fabric or innovative new yarn, and that’s why we have established the Innovation Award. It not only keeps competition fierce but it also allows for our prestigious trade partners to get global recognition and ultimately increases the market share of wool.

The Woolmark Company has commissioned Australian-born, Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist Jonathan Zawada to create the trophies for this year’s regional and final events, each crafted from marine debris bakelite. Developed by Ocean Collection, marine debris bakelite is a product created entirely from recycled plastic collected from Australian shorelines, and is characterised by a marbled quality.

I am very passionate about reducing and re-using wherever possible, so along with creating the trophy from recycled materials I hope that the recipient of the awards will find the trophy sculptural and beautiful enough to enjoy as a meaningful and gratifying physical object,” said Zawada.

The International Woolmark Prize welcomes Fashion Scout as an official nominating body, assisting in the discovery of design talent from European countries for this year’s award as well as high-end department store De Bijenkorf (Netherlands) as the latest retailer to join the International Woolmark Prize retail partner network.

About The Woolmark Company:
The Woolmark Company is the global authority on wool. Through our extensive network of relationships spanning the international textile and fashion industries, we highlight Australian wool’s position as the ultimate natural fibre and premier ingredient in luxury apparel.

The Woolmark logo is one of the world’s most recognised and respected brands, providing assurance of the highest quality, and representing pioneering excellence and innovation from farm through to finished product.

The Woolmark Company is a subsidiary of Australian Wool Innovation, a not-for-profit enterprise that conducts research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian wool on behalf of about 55,000 woolgrowers that help fund the company.

For more information on the International Woolmark Prize go to www.woolmarkprize.com

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