The nominees for the 2015 UK Woolmark Prize are revealed
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The womenswear nominees for the 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize have been announced and Teatum Jones, J JS Lee, Thomas Tait, Fyodor Golan and Phoebe English are the lucky five designers to make the list. Whilst Lee Roach, Kit Neale, Craig Green, Agi & Sam and Adrien Sauvage complete the menswear nominees line-up for the prize.
Prize alumni include Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent, who both won during the prize's sophomore year in 1954. The award received a revival in 2012 to promote a fresh new crop of talent working with Australian Merino wool. More than 60 designers from over 20 countries now take part.
In more Woolmark news, the organisers have announced that the UK will be added as its own category and will no longer be grouped under the Europe banner: "The decision to expand the International Woolmark Prize to six regions to include the British Isles was due to industry demands. The UK is one of wool's most tightly held markets. It is an important market from a trade and consumer perspective," says Stuart McCullough, managing director of The Woolmark Company. "It is also the most important market to inform global trends."
Five further regional awards around the world include: Shanghai, Sydney, Antwerp, Dubai and New York – to select the eventual 12 global finalists. The fashion designers stand to win AU$50,000 towards their next collection, as well as being entered into the international final. The overall international winner prize is AU$100,000.