As the 2015/16 edition of the International Woolmark Prize gets under way, the coveted fashion award continues to gain momentum as more partners, retailers and designers align themselves and their brands to help promote outstanding and emerging talent from across the world.
This year’s Asia regional final will take place on July 20 in Shanghai, China. The International Woolmark Prize welcomes an international panel of esteemed judges to decide which designers will go through to the global final for the menswear and womenswear categories.
The Asia regional final judging panel includes:
The 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize sees the competition extend with the addition of a sixth region: the British Isles. One menswear and one womenswear finalist will be selected from each region and will receive a AU$50,000 financial contribution towards their next collection as well as an invitation to participate in the international finals.
The six menswear finalists will meet at Pitti Uomo, Florence, in January 2016, and the six womenswear finalists will meet in New York in February 2016. The six regional awards will be held in Shanghai (Asia), Sydney (Australia), London (British Isles), Antwerp (Europe), Dubai (India, Pakistan & Middle East) and New York (USA).
“The prize continues to highlight the most innovative and modern interpretations of Australian wool at the hands of some of our future’s brightest talents,” explains The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough.
“Our esteemed judging panels will once again provide expert advice to guide these young designers at the early stages of their careers. The continued support of some of the most important industry representatives globally cements the significance of the International Woolmark Prize on the world stage.”
The Asia nominees for the 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize are:
The Woolmark Company recognises the support of China Fashion Association, Japan Fashion Week Organization, Korea Fashion Association, Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association and Vogue China as the official nominating bodies for the region.