London will once again play host to the coveted International Woolmark Prize, with the global final of the prestigious award to be held on February 16, at Lindley Hall, as part of the official schedule for London Fashion Week. This marks the third time the global final of the International Woolmark Prize will make its way to London, with the 2012/13 final and 2014/15 menswear final also held in the British capital.
The forthcoming final will once again combine menswear, womenswear and the Innovation Award in one star-studded event, with the three global winners announced in front of key industry heavyweights.
Chosen from more than 300 entrants from across the world, 12 finalists will get the chance to present their wool-rich collections to a panel of esteemed judges and gain valuable feedback from these industry experts. The menswear and womenswear winner will each receive AU$200,000 to invest in the development of their business and will see their winning collections commercialised through the International Woolmark Prize retail partner network, which is made up of some of the world’s top stores.
The Innovation Award returns for the second year, awarded to the finalist who demonstrates the most exciting approach to help reduce its social and environmental footprint. The award shines a spotlight on the supply chain partners assisting in developing innovative wool fabric and yarn. The winner of the Innovation Award will be granted AU$100,000 as well as being presented with commercial opportunities.
The 2018/2019 International Woolmark Prize finalists are: