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Woolmark Prize Unveils European Judges

The Europe regional awards take place in Paris on July 8.

PARIS — Nina Ricci’s creative director Peter Copping and Véronique Nichanian, the artistic director of Hermès men’s universe, are among judges for the International Woolmark Prize’s Europe regional awards, to be held July 8 at the Shangri-La Hotel here.

Besides Copping, the other women’s wear judges are Anita Barr, group fashion buying director at Harvey Nichols, and Emmanuelle Alt, editor in chief of Vogue Paris.

Sarah Andelman cofounder, buyer and creative director of Colette in Paris; Tim Blanks, editor at large of Style.com, and James Sleaford, fashion editor in chief at GQ France, join Nichanian on the men’s jury.

In women’s wear, the finalists are Jean-Paul Lespagnard, Zdenka Imreczeová, Anne Sofie Madsen, Étienne Deroeux, Augustin Teboul, Arthur Arbesser, Elsien Gringhuis Rabaneda, Nihan Peker and 1205.

In men’s wear, the finalists are Cédric Jacquemyn, Pavel Ivancic, Asger Juel Larsen, Melinda Gloss, Vladimir Karaleev, Camo, Hyun Yeu, Etxeberria, Serdar Uzuntas and Agi & Sam.

The 2014-15 competition marks the first time there will be one overall winner for women’s wear and one for men’s wear. Last year’s Europe regional winner was British knitwear brand Sibling.

Five regional competitions will be held in the U.S., Asia, Australia, Europe and India and the Middle East to select 10 women’s and men’s finalists who will each receive 50,000 Australian dollars, or $46,251 at current exchange, toward their next collection, as well as an invitation to participate in the international final.

The five men’s wear finalists are to convene at London Collections: Men in January, and the five women’s wear finalists in Beijing in March.