The judges for the 2018 International Woolmark Prize are announced
The line-up includes Buro 24/7's founder Miroslava Duma
The International Woolmark Prize is one of the most hotly anticipated events on the fashion calendar and has been responsible for catapulting some of our favourite brands to global stardom. Next year, the ceremony will take place on January 9, 2018 during Pitti Uomo in Florence and the jury is one of its strongest yet.
Buro 24/7's Founder Miroslava Duma will appear on the panel and will be joined by Phillip Lim, Livia Firth, Amber Valetta and System Magazine's Elizabeth Von Guttman amongst a handful of other key players in the industry.
The final will cover both men's and women's wear and the winners (one from each category) will each receive Dhs564,000 to assist the development of their brand and will also have the opportunity to be picked up by some of the world's leading retailers like Harvey Nichols and Paris' L'Eclaireur. Antar-Agni and Bodice will represent the Middle East and India.
This year's ceremony will also see the inclusion of a brand new award, introduced in collaboration with Miroslava's new venture, Future Tech Lab. The winner will be the designer the judges deem to have "the most innovative approach toward reducing fashion's environmental and social footprint" according to WWD who also reports that the Innovation Award serves "to bridge the gap between new technologies, sustainable innovations and luxury fashion as well as educate and empower finalists through a dedicated mentorship program."
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