LONDON — On Tuesday Woolmark will reveal the names of the 16 men and women on its latest advisory council responsible for picking the finalists for the International Woolmark Prize, with the winner set to be revealed in early 2020.
Woolmark said the 2019-20 edition of the international prize attracted more than 300 applicants from across the world, and the 10 finalists will be revealed in October.
This year’s council includes designer Manish Arora; Christine Arp, editor in chief of Vogue Germany; Floriane de Saint Pierre; Livia Firth, cofounder and creative director of Eco-Age; Nelson Mui, merchandising director, fashion, Lane Crawford; Chizuru Muko, editor in chief, WWD Japan, and Christine Centenera, fashion director, Vogue Australia, and cofounder of Wardrobe.NYC.
Now in its eighth year, the International Woolmark Prize has a network of more than 400 designers and industry members, and this year attracted submissions from nearly 50 countries, from France, England, the U.S., Italy and Australia, according to Woolmark. For the first time, designers from Peru, Ecuador, Hungry and Armenia have applied to take part.
Fabien Montique, the director and photographer who is a member of the latest advisory council, said he hoped “new and diverse brands from all over the world will emerge from this, have the opportunity to show their work on an international stage, and be propelled beyond their territories.”
Firth called the prize “a fashion institution” and said she’s looking forward to “meeting the finalists, seeing their wool creations, learning from them and getting inspired even more.”
In February, Edward Crutchley and Colovos were named winners of this year’s International Woolmark Prize. Colovos won in the women’s wear category and Crutchley won for men’s wear. He also won the Innovation award. The winners were announced during London Fashion Week.
The competition recognizes design talent that uses Australian Merino wool in creative ways. Previous winners include Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent.
Crutchley and Nicole and Michael Colovos of Colovos were awarded 200,000 Australian dollars. Crutchley was awarded an additional 100,000 Australian dollars for winning the Innovation Award. The winning collections will be sold globally at high-end department stores including Harvey Nichols, Lane Crawford, Hudson’s Bay and online at MyTheresa.com.