The Woolmark Company announces Indian and Middle Eastern nominees
Fashion Forward becomes an official nominating body
Now in its third year, the International Woolmark Prize (IWP) will for the first time feature two separate categories: one for menswear and one for womenswear, resulting in two winners of the prestigious award.
Stuart McCullough, The Woolmark Company Managing Director said: “The addition of a menswear award for this year signifies the strength and following of the International Woolmark Prize and its impact over the past two years across the globe.”
The Woolmark Company has announced the India and Middle East nominees for 2014/15, a proud moment for local designers in the region, as well as for those heading up the local fashion scenes. On the list of nominees are three designers: The Emperor 1688, Kage and House of Fatam.
Those nominated will present sketches of a Merino Wool capsule collection, to comprise of six different outfits, one of which will be produced at the India and Middle East regional award. Judging the outfits will be a panel of local and international designers – soon to be announced.
Womenswear designers nominated for 2014/15 include: AKAARO and Zubair Kirmani from India; House of Fatam and Kage from the UAE; Khaadi Khaas and Sania Maskatiya from Pakistan; and Lara Khoury and Bird on a Wire from Lebanon. Menswear designers include: Barkha ‘n’ Sonzal from India; Republic from Pakistan, and The Emperor 1688 from the UAE.
Ten finalists will be selected, following five regional awards, which are set to be held in Australia, Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and the USA. Each finalist will receive AU$50,000 to contribute to their upcoming collection, and will also be awarded an invitation to participate in the international final. The winners of both womenswear and menswear will then receive a further AU$100,000 which will be used in the marketing of their brand as well as sourcing fabrics for their pieces, not to mention having their collections commercialised through key international retail partners, including: Saks Fifth Avenue in the USA, My Theresa online, David Jones in Australia, Joyce in China, 10 Corso Como in Italy, Harvey Nichols in the UK, and Colette in France - creating a global reach for their brands.
House of Fatam’s Shaima Gargash
KAGE designers Arwa and Basma
Emperor 1688 – The Golkar Brothers