The news the design world has been waiting for is here with the announcement of the global nominees chosen to take part in the 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize.
As the competition enters its fourth year, the rollcall of designers selected to participate is extensive. Nominated across 23 countries, a record 70 labels will be asked to present a capsule collection highlighting the benefits of Australian Merino wool.
The prize aims to seek out and foster rising stars from all corners of the globe. Regional awards will once again include Europe, Australia, Asia, USA, and India and Middle East, with a sixth region, The British Isles, joining due to overwhelming industry support.
The events kick off on July 3 in London, culminating on July 22 in The Woolmark Company’s first event in Dubai. Each finalist will receive a financial contribution of AU$50,000 towards their next collection, along with an invitation to the international final where the winner will receive a further AU$100,000 and the opportunity to have their collection commercialised.
In an exciting addition this year, The Woolmark Company have introduced the Trade Partnership Program, connecting promising designers with the best spinners and weavers specialising in wool, and helping nominees with prize submissions and vital commercial relationships with suppliers.
With 41 labels nominated in the womenswear category and 29 elected to contend in menswear, the 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize is set to be the biggest and brightest yet. Click here for a full list of the nominees, and watch this space.
The regional event locations and dates are as follows: