- Georgie Lillington |
The winning designers from each national Woolmark Prize: Asia, British Isles, Europe, USA, India-Pakistan-Middle East and Australasia will come together to compete for the International Woolmark Prize 2018 at the start of next year.
The twelve national winners will receive the equivalent of 43,000 pounds regardless of their place in the international competition - as well as expert advice from a global panel who will help to kick-start their design careers.
The national winners and international finalists include:
Matthew Miller, menswear winner British Isles
Samantha McCoach (Le Kilt), womenswear winner British Isles
SixLee from Hong Kong: menswear winner, Asia
KYE from South Korea: womenswear winner, Asia
Crafted from vivid monochromatic wool and finished with a cold eco-wash for special effect, Korean designer @kye_official took home the trophy for the womenswear category #WoolmarkPrize Asia. Visit woolmarkprize.com for more about @kkye's winning womenswear collection. Special thank you to @maccosmetics and @toniandguyworld!
L’homme Rouge, menswear winner Europe
David Laport, womenswear winner Europe
Christopher Bevans, menswear winner USA
Zaid Affas, womenswear winner USA
Antar-Agni, menswear winner India-Pakistan-Middle East
Bodice, womenswear winner India-Pakistan-Middle East
Blair Archibald, menswear winner, Australasia
Harman Grubiša, womenswear winner, Australasia
Set to be held in Florence in January, the International Woolmark prize 2018 will see designers from the six regions come together to entice a range of industry specialist judges with their designs that use Australian Merino wool.
The winner will receive a further 121,200 pounds (approx) as well as Woolmark certification for their winning collection.
A new award has also been introduced for 2018 that will be presented to one of the 12 designers, citing the work of the industry’s trade and supply chain partners. Named ‘The Innovation Award’ it aims to encourage more experimental approaches in design and textile development and will result in a prize of approximately 60,000 pounds. The responsible trade partner will also benefit from a promotion via The Woolmark Company’s trade partner program.