These are the names you need to know – get ready to discover the world’s best emerging design talent.
The 2022 International Woolmark Prize finalists have been revealed. Meet your seven finalists and join their journey as they participate in the world’s original and most prestigious fashion award.
The 2022 International Woolmark Prize finalists are:
“I am so excited to be selected as a part of the final. The opportunity for myself and my team to learn more about wool and be able to innovate with the support of Woolmark experts is incredible.”
“We are so proud and honoured to be a nominated finalist for the International Woolmark Prize. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share our creative vision and EGONLAB’s universe.”
“I am incredibly honoured to be selected as a finalist for this year’s Woolmark Prize. I look forward to showcasing the vital role wool plays in my work.”
“There is a paradigm shift in the fashion ecosystem. Africa is now part of the conversation and rightfully so, being part of this prize is a testament to that.”
“We're honoured to be nominated for this prestigious prize and to be in the company of incredible designers and peers.”
“We felt a sense of being seen and appreciated in our endeavours, and the selection is also a self-exploration and deeper understanding of RUI.”
“I am absolutely honoured to be considered as part of the International Woolmark Prize for 2022. It is extremely exciting to be able to explore the potential of wool within my brand narrative of movement.”
Play, innovate, celebrate with Merino wool
This year’s International Woolmark Prize’s theme, Play, will be a true celebration of forward-thinking design and innovation. Finalists are invited to experiment with textiles, design and business practices to drive change and innovation for a brighter future. With mentorship from industry experts such as Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, Stylist & Fashion Director, Garage Magazine; Holli Rogers, Chief Brand Officer, Farfetch; Sinéad Burke, Educator and Advocate; Sara Sozzani Maino, Head of Vogue Talents, Deputy Director Vogue Italia & Int Brand; Shaway Yeh, Founder YehYehYeh and Group Style Editorial Director Modern Media Group; and Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large, Business of Fashion, as well as Innovation Academy partners, finalists will be guided through business and product development, supply chain connections and sustainability roadmaps.
What is the 2022 International Woolmark Prize?
The seven finalists will present a Merino wool collection for Autumn/Winter 2022 highlighting transparency throughout their supply chain and, alongside partner Common Objective, will build a sustainability roadmap. The winners will be selected by a prestigious panel of industry experts, to be announced in April 2022.
One finalist will be awarded the International Woolmark Prize and receive AU$200,000 to invest in the development of their business. The Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation will be awarded to another finalist, with the winner receiving AU$100,000. The Woolmark Supply Chain Award will celebrate outstanding contribution from a trade partner driving wool supply chain innovation.
All finalists will have the opportunity to be stocked in some of the world’s leading stores, via the International Woolmark Prize Retailer Network.