The International Woolmark Prize again garners industry support from around the globe with the announcement that distinguished designers Francisco Costa, Osman Yousefzada, Thom Browne and Roland Mouret are to join more than 40 esteemed names from publishing, retail and business to judge the regional awards which kick off in London today. The menswear and womenswear winners of the inaugural British Isles regional final event will be announced today at 2.00pm GMT.
Calvin Klein Collection’s Francisco Costa joins a panel including menswear designer John Varvatos to select winners for the USA award. For the British Isles, Mouret will sit alongside Chief Creative Officer Jason Basmajian of Gieves & Hawkes and British GQ editor-in-chief Dylan Jones. Browne completes a line-up including top Chinese model Lu Yan to choose the representatives for Asia, and Yousefzada will join the judging for Australia, as well as the India, Pakistan and Middle East region.
Using a rigorous set of criteria, the International Woolmark Prize judges will decide on the most innovative and commercially viable Merino wool collections from a selection of the world’s most talented emerging designers. One menswear label and one womenswear label from each of the six regions involved will continue through to the global finals of the International Woolmark Prize, to be held in 2016.
Click below for the full list of regional judges: