“Winning the International Woolmark Prize has been an incredible journey,” explains designer Matthew Miller. “It has helped in cementing my name as a global innovative designer and gain access to the best retailers and stores in the world.”
The Matthew Miller collection takes inspiration from a quote by German industrial designer, Dieter Rams: ‘Form follows function’. Taking on this philosophy, outerwear features belts specifically designed to be able to be detached from the garment and reattached, turning it into an accessory. Innovation is explored through the use of materials with caps made from 100% merino wool; coats, jackets and utility belts are made from vulcanized wool - a process pioneered by inventor Thomas Hancock in which natural rubber is printed on the surface of fabric, making them completely water resistant.
“One of the strengths of the International Woolmark Prize is supporting designers and brands dedicated to establishing themselves and growing their business in the global retail market,” said The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough. “More importantly, perhaps, is the opportunity to connect these designers with the world’s best spinners and mills, as well as with our global retail partners. Our retail network includes some of the world’s most influential major department stores and boutiques, who commercialise the winning International Woolmark Prize collections.”
Following a global search that nominated more than 33 emerging womenswear designers and 65 menswear designers from 21 countries across the world, BODICE STUDIO and Matthew Miller were chosen as the womenswear and menswear winners respectively at a prestigious final event held in Florence in January 2018. The International Woolmark Prize is a long-term program designed to nurture and support designers throughout their career with a focus on innovation across fabric development and processing to improve the overall impact of collections on the environment and the wearer to ensure the International Woolmark Prize continues to push the boundaries of global fashion.
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