As the International Woolmark Prize launches into its fourth year, 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 Europe regional final will take place on July 13 in Antwerp, Belgium, hosted by ModeMuseum (MoMu) of the Province of Antwerp and the Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. The International Woolmark Prize welcomes two panels of esteemed judges to decide which designers will go through to the global final for the menswear and womenswear categories.
The Europe regional final judging panels include:
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 an 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 futures 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 importance of the International Woolmark Prize on the world stage.”
“Our esteemed judging panels will provide expert advice to the emerging designers in each category. The presence of these important names from the global fashion industry, alongside key influential media representatives, solidifies the importance of the International Woolmark Prize on the world stage.”
The European nominees for the 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize are:
The Woolmark Company recognises the support of Czech Grand Design, Dansk Mode & Textil, Fashion Council NL, Fashion Designers Association of Turkey, Flanders Fashion Institute, GQ France, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, Vogue Italia and Vogue Paris as the official nominating bodies for the region.