Womenswear winner Nicole Lin and Victor Zhu of VMAJOR, with model (left) and menswear winner Seishin Matsui of SISE and model (right).
SISE from Japan and VMAJOR from China were yesterday announced as the menswear and womenswear winners, respectively, of the 2014/15 International Woolmark Prize Asia regional final, at an awards event held at the Andaz Tokyo Hotel.
A judging panel comprising Angelica Cheung, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue China; Takehiko Suzuki, General Manager of Men’s & Sports Wear, Isetan Mitsukoshi, Japan; Hajime Nakagawa, General Manager of Ladies, Children’s Wear, Isetan Mitsukoshi , Japan; Jessica Gomes, Model and David Jones ambassador; Masafumi Suzuki, Editor-in-Chief, GQ Japan; and Thakoon Panichgul, Fashion Designer and owner of Thakoon selected the two winners.
“This prize is extremely valuable to designers, not only for the financial reward but also the ongoing support of Woolmark and its partner network. The winners today presented the most interesting collections that left me wanting to see more,” Panichgul explained.
Menswear designer Seishin Matsui of SISE used a green wool Melton Merino wool fabric to create a layered and multi-dimensional collection. VMAJOR designers Victor Zhu and Nicole Lin’s first foray into knitwear saw a unique approach to traditional dressing, with a jumper as a skirt to create a twisted knitted skirt effect which impressed the judges.
“I am excited that a Chinese designer will be a part of the finals in Beijing. It is so valuable for our designers to be put on the international stage. It is great to see these designers creating a balance between creativity, wearability and commerciality,” explained Angelica Cheung.
Womenswear winner Victor Zhu and Nicole Lin of VMAJOR
Menswear winner Seishin Matsui of Sise
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