The International Woolmark Prize celebrates outstanding fashion talents from around the globe who showcase the beauty and versatility of Merino wool.
First held in 1953 as an initiative of the International Wool Secretariat, the award was won the following year by iconic fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent.
Today, the International Woolmark Prize continues to recognise design excellence using Australia’s preeminent natural fibre. The prize crosses borders and cultures to spotlight young fashion stars from hotspots in more than 62 countries before a who’s who of the international fashion industry.
By putting wool in the hands of the world’s leading innovators, the International Woolmark Prize challenges them to achieve greatness in keeping with The Woolmark Company’s tradition of supporting design excellence.
Relaunched in 2012, the 2012/13 International Woolmark Prize was won by Belgian designer Christian Wijnants after impressing the judges with his extraordinary hand knitted collection, followed by Indian designer Rahul Mishra in 2014 who showcased hand woven wool in eveningwear in ways never before seen by the industry. Both of whom were catapulted overnight from relative obscurity to become the most talked about names in fashion.
In 2015, menswear was recognised independently for the first time with the announcement of the edgy New York brand PUBLIC SCHOOL taking out top honours.
On March 17 M.PATMOS from the USA was announced the winner of the 2014/15 International Woolmark Prize womenswear final.
Fusing classic western tailoring with traditional Indian dress, Indian fashion designer Suket Dhir, of label SUKETDHIR, impressed judges at the 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize menswear award held at Pitti Uomo in Florence.
The womenswear award, held during New York Fashion week was awarded to UK label Teatum Jones, who showed artisanal qualities through wool lace, colour blocking and double-faced wool creating a three-dimensional quality.