Judges announced for the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize

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The Woolmark Company is pleased to announce the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize global final will be held in Paris on January 23. Continuing to attract wide support from across the industry, The Woolmark Company reveals the stellar line up of judges that will select the menswear and womenswear winners for the prestigious fashion award.

Menswear judging panel:

• Imran Amed | Founder and CEO, Business of Fashion
• Rami Atallah | Co-founder and CEO, ssense.com
• Jefferson Hack | CEO and Co-Founder, Dazed Media
• Michael Hadida | Director of Development and Men's buyer, LECLAIREUR
• Olivier Lalanne | Deputy Editor, Vogue Paris; Editor in Chief, Vogue Hommes
• Michèle Lamy | Owenscorp Partner
• Benn McGregor | Senior Buyer Menswear, Harvey Nichols
• Nelson Mui | VP, Men’s Fashion Director, Hudson’s Bay Company
• Shayne Oliver | Creative Director, Hood By Air
• Fabrizio Servente | Global Strategy Advisor, The Woolmark Company
• Takehiko Suzuki | General Manager Men's & Sports Wear, Isetan Mitsukoshi
• Stefano Tonchi | Editor-in-Chief, W Magazine

Womenswear judging panel:

• Christiane Arp | Editor in Chief, Vogue Germany
• Anita Barr | Group Fashion Buying Director, Harvey Nichols
• Victoria Beckham | Fashion Designer
• Damian Burke | General Manager Womenswear, David Jones
• Lou Doillon | Singer-Songwriter / Actress
• Miroslava Duma | CEO and founder, Fashion Tech Labs and Buro 24/7
• Julie Gilhart | Fashion Consultant
• Joanna Gunn | Chief Brand Officer, Lane Crawford
• Tiffany Hsu | Buying Manager Ready-to-Wear, mytheresa.com
• Bouchra Jarrar | Creative Director, Lanvin
• Suzanne Koller | Contributing Editor, Vogue Paris
• Dame Natalie Massenet, DBE | Chair of British Fashion Council
• Stuart McCullough | Managing Director, The Woolmark Company
• Virginie Mouzat | Fashion and Lifestyle Editor in Chief, Vanity Fair
• Suzanne Timmins | Senior Vice President and Fashion Director, Hudson’s Bay Company
• Lena Jabbour Matta | Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Boutique 1 Group
• Elizabeth Von Guttman | Founder, System Magazine

“As the world’s best emerging design talent continue to demonstrate what an essential fibre Merino wool is to the luxury fashion world, so do the illustrious judges who champion our premium fibre and throw their support behind the coveted awards,” says The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough. “Each year we have garnered support from the world's best fashion designers, finest editors and retail buyers to ensure the future of fashion remains innovative and dynamic.”

To celebrate this year’s award, The Woolmark Company has commissioned film director Isaac Lock to present Unravelled - the greatest story never told; an ambitious cinematic campaign starring a host of industry faces including, Jefferson Hack, Tim Blanks and Carmen Kass, featuring looks from this year’s finalists shot by photographer Rankin.

The 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize global finalists include:

Menswear

• MÜNN - Asia
• Ex Infinitas - Australia & New Zealand
• COTTWEILER - British Isles
• TONSURE - Europe
• Bounipun - India, Pakistan & the Middle East
• Rochambeau - United States of America

Womenswear

• TOTON - Asia
• macgraw - Australia & New Zealand
• Faustine Steinmetz - British Isles
• Tim Labenda - Europe
• Nachiket Barve - India, Pakistan & the Middle East
• Gabriela Hearst – United States of America

A major part of the prize is the opportunity for the winners to be stocked in some of the most important boutiques across the world. Canada's Hudson's Bay Company and online retailer ssense.com have become the latest stores to become International Woolmark Prize retail partners, joining Boutique 1, Boon the Shop, David Jones, Harvey Nichols (now supporting both the womenswear and menswear winners), Isetan, Lane Crawford, LECLAIREUR, mytheresa.com and The Papilion.

The Woolmark Company is pleased to have the support of online wholesale platform ORDRE, The Westin Paris - Vendôme, Wine Australia as the official drinks partner, along with TONI&GUY, makeup by MAC and health and wellness brand Potion for the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize global final.

Download the Unravelled campaign images here.

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