Woolmark Prize 2023 Finalists
by Modem – Posted November 23 2022
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Australia's Woolmark Company has announced the eight finalists for its International Woolmark Prize, the fashion prize for young talent. They include Denmark’s A. Roege Hove, the French brand Bluemarble, Lagos Space Programme from Nigeria, the Italian label Marco Rambaldi, South Korea’s Maxxij, Paolina Russo from England, Rhude from USA, and Robyn Lynch of Ireland.

The eight finalists will each develop six Merino wool looks as part of their Autumns/Winter 2023 collection, or a standalone IWP2023 capsule collection which highlights the innate versatility, innovative nature and eco-credentials of Merino wool.

One finalist will be awarded the International Woolmark Prize and receive AU$200,000 (around US$132,000) to invest in the development of their business. The Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation will be awarded to another finalist, with the winner receiving AU$100,000 (around US$66,000). The Woolmark Supply Chain Award will also be presented, celebrating outstanding contribution from a trade partner driving wool supply chain innovation.

All finalists will have the opportunity to be stocked at some of the world’s leading stores, via the International Woolmark Prize Retailer Network.

Since re-launching in 2012, the International Woolmark Prize has supported the careers of the world's best emerging designers, many of whom have gone on to build internationally successful businesses.

Past recipients of the Woolmark Prize include Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino Garavani, Gabriela Hearst, Rahul Mishra, BODE, Matty Bovan and, most recently, British-Guyanese menswear designer Saul Nash.

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Photo: The International Woolmark Prize finalists. (Courtesy image)

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