On Wednesday 10 January the International Woolmark Company held its annual prize giving. The special event took place during Pitti Uomo at Stazione Leopolda in Florence.
This years esteemed judging panel was made up of Amber Valletta, Elizabeth Von Guttman, Emanuele Farneti, Julie Davies, Livia Firth, Liya Kebede, Miroslava Duma, Nonita Kalra, Phillip Lim, Riccardo Vannetti, Sarah Mower and Stuart McCullough along with representatives from the International Woolmark Prize retail partner network: Boutique 1, Boon The Shop, David Jones, Harvey Nichols, Hudson's Bay, Lane Crawford, L'Eclaireur, mytheresa.com, ORDRE, Parlour X, Ssense.com, Sugar, Takashimaya and Tata CLiQ Luxury.
“Each year, the competition has been fierce and this year was no different.”
Stuart McCullough, Woolmark Company Managing Director
The 2018 Woolmark Prize winners are as follows; the ‘Innovation Award’ went to Dyne, a New York based brand, whilst London based Matthew Miller won the ‘Menswear Prize’, and Indian designer, Ruchika Sachdeva won the ‘Womenswear Award’ with her label Bodice. Woolmark said that all three winners ‘demonstrated the best in emerging design and presented a true celebration of fashion design and innovation, whilst also shining the spotlight on Australian Merino Wool.’
It was a truly international affair , with nominees from over 60 differing countries, and the finalists representing six different regions around the world.
To be nominated for such an award let alone win, is considered to be a huge honour, with these talented designers following in some pretty famous footsteps; previous winners of this prestigious award include the likes as Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent.
Congratulations to all the nominees and especially to this years prize winners. We can’t wait to see what you all do next.
Words by Paris Richardson