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The Woolmark Company has announced the Asia nominees for the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize, one of the most coveted designer awards in fashion. The Asia regional award will be held on 12th July 2016 in Hong Kong.

First launched in 1953 by the International Wool Secretariat, the prize was famously awarded in 1954 to Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent in Paris. Today the International Woolmark Prize continues to recognise outstanding design talent from around the world.

80 designers have been selected from 62 countries to participate in this year’s award, which showcases the qualities of Australian Merino wool.

Six regional events will be held during July in Hong Kong, Sydney, Milan, London, New York and Mumbai. Nominees will present one look in Merino wool and a six-piece capsule concept to industry experts for the chance to represent their region at the final awards. 

Twelve finalists will each receive a AU$50,000 financial contribution towards their next collection and an invitation to participate in the international global finals. 

The winners of the menswear and womenswear finals will receive a further AU$100,000 to assist with fabric sourcing and marketing of their collection and mentoring from industry experts. In addition, both international winners will have the opportunity to have their collection distributed through prestigious international retail partners including Harvey Nichols in the UK, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, David Jones in Australia, Boutique 1 in the UAE, Verso in Belgium, Leclaireur in Paris, Boon the Shop in South Korea, Isetan Mitsukoshi in Japan, The Papillion in Indonesia and online through mytheresa.com (womenswear) and Matchesfashion.com (menswear). 

The International Woolmark Prize boasts an impressive alumni of the most important designers from around the globe, as well as partnerships with leading fashion figures including Thom Browne, Alexander Wang and Roland Mouret.

The Asia nominees for the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize are:

Womenswear: 
XU ZHI – China, M ESSENTIAL All About Love - China, ROBERT WUN -  Hong Kong, WHOSTHAT - Hong Kong, TOTON – Indonesia, MAJOR MINOR MAHA - Indonesia, YASUTOSHI EZUMI – Japan, MOTOHIRO TANJI - Japan, HEO HWAN SIMULATION - S. Korea, R. SHEMISTE - S. Korea

Menswear: SEAN SUEN - China, ALEXANDER T.ZHAO - China, SIX LEE - Hong Kong, VINORA - Indonesia, DISCOVERED - Japan, MÜNN - S. Korea

 

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About The Woolmark Company: 

The Woolmark Company is the global authority on wool. Through our extensive network of relationships spanning the international textile and fashion industries, we highlight Australian wool’s position as the ultimate natural fibre and premier ingredient in luxury apparel. 

The Woolmark logo is one of the world’s most recognised and respected brands, providing assurance of the highest quality, and representing pioneering excellence and innovation from farm through to finished product. 

The Woolmark Company is a subsidiary of Australian Wool Innovation, a not-for-profit enterprise owned by more than 24,000 woolgrowers that invests.

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