The International Woolmark Prize celebrates outstanding fashion talents from around the globe who showcase the beauty and versatility of Merino wool. It is the world’s most prestigious award for rising fashion stars.
More than 300 emerging fashion designers from nearly 50 countries applied to take part in the 2020 edition of the International Woolmark Prize. Following review by an independent Advisory Council, ten designers have been selected as the finalists and will go on to take part in the global final in February 2020. There, they will each present a capsule collection of six Merino wool looks that, for the first time, will be fully traceable, adding transparency to the supply chain. One overall winner will receive AU$200,000 and one designer will receive AU$100,000 for demonstrating outstanding innovation in product or manufacturing.
FINALISTS – 2020
A-COLD-WALL* | United Kingdom
BLINDNESS | South Korea
Bode | United States
BOTTER | The Netherlands
Feng Chen Wang | United Kingdom/China
GmbH | Germany
Ludovic de Saint Sernin | France
Matthew Adams Dolan | United States
Namacheko | Sweden
Richard Malone | Ireland/United Kingdom
First held in 1953 as an initiative of the International Wool Secretariat, the award was won the following year by iconic fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent. Today, the International Woolmark Prize continues to recognise design excellence using Australian Merino wool. The prize crosses borders and cultures to spotlight emerging fashion talent from hotspots in more than 60 countries before a who’s who of the international fashion industry. By putting wool in the hands of the world’s leading innovators, the International Woolmark Prize challenges them to achieve greatness in keeping with The Woolmark Company’s tradition of supporting design excellence.
International Woolmark Prize
2019 Winners Announced
Edward Crutchley and Colovos were announced the winners of the menswear and womenswear categories, presented at a star-studded event during London Fashion Week. Crutchley was also announced the winner of the Innovation Award, celebrating the most innovative or sustainable approach to systems production, materials, textile design or product design.
International Woolmark Prize
Global Final 2019: Runway Looks
Held during London Fashion Week, the 2019 International Woolmark Prize global final was a celebration of cultural diversity, innovation, fresh talent and of course wool. Discover the looks presented by the 12 labels you need to know.
The International Woolmark Prize judging panel comprises some of the fashion industry’s brightest stars, including Gwendoline Christie, Tim Blanks and Alber Elbaz, among others.
The winner will not only receive further financial contribution but also the chance to have their Merino wool capsule collection commercialised and sold in the world’s top boutiques and department stores through the International Woolmark Prize’s extensive retail partner network. The Innovation Award also grants one designer a financial contribution and retail support.
Equally crucial is the trade partner program that connects designers with the best wool suppliers, expert advisors, judging panels and insightful mentors who provide guidance along the way. Through The Woolmark Company’s global network, partnerships are secured with key spinners and weavers to assist designers during the formative stages of their business and ensure a dynamic future for the fashion industry.
For more information, visit woolmarkprize.com