Nominees from the Middle East, India and Pakistan have just been selected for one of fashion's most coveted designer awards, the International Woolmark PrizeThere are 11 womenswear finalists, of which five are Middle Eastern ready-to-wear designers including Emirati designer Khulood Thani of Bint Thani, Saudi's Reem Al Kanhal, Dubai-based abaya label Bouguessa, and two designers from the Starch Foundation, Bashar Assaf and Mira Hayek. Indian labels, Eka, Nachiket Barve and Sahil Kochhar will also be competing against Zonia, Saira*Shakira and Republic Womenswear from Pakistan. 

Middle Eastern menswear designers include Emperor 1688 and Mashael Alrajhi, who will be up against  Bounipun from India and Pakistani label House of Arsalan Iqbal.

The next stage in the competition will see the nominees showcase one look in Australian Merino wool and a six-piece collection to the panel of judges. Only twelve will be selected as finalists and will each receive Dhs142,000 and an invitation to participate in the international global finals.

The International Woolmark Prize award ceremony will be held on July 15, 2016 in Mumbai