The Woolmark Prize nominees are in. The Woolmark Company announced this week the shortlist of 42 nominees for the 2018/19 International Woolmark Prize. This year, 300 emerging fashion designers from 46 countries applied.
The eight nominees representing the US include Brandon Maxwell, Nicole Heim and Chelsea Healy of Cienne, Michael and Nicole Colovos of Colovos, and Piotrek Panszcyk and Beckett Fogg of Area for womenswear, and Robert Childs of Childs New York, Andrea Tsao of Deveaux New York, Sam Linder and Kirk Millar of Linder, and Willy Chavarria for menswear.
The US-based designers will produce a capsule collection crafted from merino wool to be judged by an Advisory Council and compete for $152,000 USD with A-Cold Wall and Liam Hodges representing the British Isles, CMMN SWDN representing Europe, The-Sirius representing Asia and 28 additional international designers. The monetary prize will be awarded to one menswear designer and one womenswear designer each, and for a second year, one finalist will be presented with the Innovation Award and will receive $76,000 USD.
“This year we invited designers from all regions to apply to participate in the program and this generated an overwhelming number of applicants, from New York, London, and Tokyo through to Mexico, Russia and Nigeria,” explained The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough. “This reinforces our belief that the International Woolmark Prize has no geographical borders, that fashion has no boundaries and that Australian Merino wool will remain as relevant to fashion tomorrow as it does today.”
Twelve great fashion minds have been selected for the 2018/19 International Woolmark Prize Advisory Council to judge the finalists’ capsule collections. The council includes Tim Blanks, Business of Fashion Editor-at-large; Dazed Media Founder Jefferson Hack; Christine Centenera, Fashion Director, Vogue Australia and Co-Founder of WARDROBE.NYC; Alison Veness, Editor of 10 and 10 Men Australia; Rebecca Khoury, Associate Editor of 10 and 10 Men Australia; Catherine Baba, Stylist, Designer, Consultant and Costume Designer; Sara Sozzani Maino, Deputy Editor-in-chief, Vogue Italia and Head of Vogue Talents; Fantastic Man Co-Founder and Editor-in-chief Gert Jonkers; Vogue Germany Editor-in-chief Christiane Arp; Colin McDowell, Fashion Journalist and Commentator; and Diet Prada Co-Founders Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler.
Semi-finals will be held in Hong Kong on July 5, London on July 10, and New York City on July 12, and twelve finalists will take part in a global final in early 2019.