Asia Nominees announced for the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize

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The Woolmark Company is pleased to announce the Asia nominees for the International Woolmark Prize, one of the most coveted designer awards in fashion.

The Asia regional award will be held on July 12 in Hong Kong.

The Asia nominees for the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize are:

Womenswear
Xu Zhi - China
M Essential – All About Love - China
ROBERT WUN - Hong Kong
WHOSTHAT - Hong Kong
TOTON - Indonesia
Major Minor Maha - Indonesia
Yasutoshi Ezumi - Japan
Motohiro Tanji - Japan
Heohwan Simulation - S. Korea
R.shemiste - S. Korea

Menswear
Sean Suen - China
Alexander T.Zhao - China
SixLee - Hong Kong
Vinora - Indonesia
Discovered - Japan
Münn - S. Korea

First launched in 1953 by the International Wool Secretariat, the prize was famously awarded in 1954 to Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent in Paris. Today the International Woolmark Prize continues to recognize outstanding design talent from around the world.

More than 75 designers have been selected from 62 countries to participate in this year’s award, which showcases the qualities of Australian Merino wool.

Six regional events will be held during July in Hong Kong, Sydney, Milan, London, New York and Mumbai. Nominees will present one look in Merino wool and a six-piece capsule concept to industry experts. The 12 winning finalists will each receive an AU$50,000 financial contribution towards their next collection and an invitation to participate in the international global finals.

The winners of the menswear and womenswear finals will receive a further AU$100,000 to assist with fabric sourcing and marketing of their collection and mentoring from industry experts. In addition, both international winners will have the opportunity to have their collection distributed through prestigious international retail partners including Harvey Nichols in the UK, David Jones in Australia, Boutique 1 in the UAE, Verso in Belgium, LECLAIREUR in Paris, Boon the Shop in South Korea, The Papillion in Indonesia and online through mytheresa.com (womenswear) and Matchesfashion.com (menswear).

The Woolmark Company recognises the support of China Fashion Association, Femina Group, GQ China, Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association, Japan Fashion Week Organisation, Korea Fashion Association, and Vogue China as the official nominating bodies in Asia. Globally, the award is supported by key fashion councils including the Council of Fashion Designers America, British Fashion Council, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid and Premsela Foundation.

The International Woolmark Prize boasts an impressive alumni of the most important designers from around the globe, as well as partnerships with leading fashion figures including Thom Browne, Alexander Wang and Roland Mouret.

The Woolmark Company is pleased to have the support of Wine Australia as the official drinks partner for the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize.

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