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2019/20 International Woolmark Prize selects finalists

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An expert Advisory Council is facing the tough challenge to select 10 designers to participate in the International Woolmark Prize global final, to be held early-2020. The 2019/20 edition of the International Woolmark Prize attracted more than 300 applications from across the world and the 10 finalists will be announced in October 2019.

The International Woolmark Prize Advisory Council includes:

Manish Arora, Designer
Christiane Arp, Editor in Chief, Vogue Germany
Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large, Business of Fashion
Christine Centenera, Fashion Director, Vogue Australia, and Co-Founder WARDROBE.NYC
Floriane de Saint Pierre, Founder, Floriane de Saint Pierre et Associés
Livia Firth, Co-founder and Creative Director of Eco-Age
Gert Jonkers, Co-founder and Editor-in-chief, Fantastic Man
Colin McDowell, Fashion commentator
Fabien Montique, Director and photographer
Sarah Mower, Chief Critic,
Nelson Mui, Merchandising Director, Fashion, Lane Crawford
Chizuru Muko, Editor in Chief, WWD Japan
Sara Sozzani Maino, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Italia and Head of Vogue Talents
Alison Veness, Editor 10 & 10 Men Australia and Creative Director-at-Large Vogue Australia
Lu Yan, Founder, Comme Moi
Kate Young, Stylist
Livia Firth, Eco-Age Founder and Creative Director says “The International Woolmark Prize is a fashion institution that nurtures emerging talent and gives designers a global platform to help grow their businesses. Each year we see designers from around the world bring their unique vision and innovative methods to reimagine the possibilities of Australian Merino wool in a more sustainable way. I am proud to support this incredible awards programme and look forward to meeting the finalists, seeing their wool creations in 2020, learn from them and get inspired even more.”

Now in its eighth year, the International Woolmark Prize remains the leading talent incubation program, crossing borders and cultures to discover, nurture and celebrate outstanding talents who showcase the beauty and versatility of Merino wool. Boasting prestigious alumni of more than 400 designers, experts and taste-makers, the program receives international success and this year attracted submissions from nearly 50 countries, from France, England, the USA, Italy and Australia to first-time entrants from Peru, Ecuador, Hungry and Armenia.

Fabien Montique, Director and photographer says “I am honoured to be part of the International Woolmark Prize Advisory Council, which has helped discover some of the most celebrated designers who continue to inspire our generations. I hope new and diverse brands from all over the world will emerge from this and have the opportunity to show their work on an international stage, and will be propelled beyond their territories.”

Source: AWI

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