Christian Wijnants Wins 2013 International Woolmark Prize

Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:59am EST

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LONDON,  Feb. 17, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Christian Wijnants was announced the
winner of the 2013 International Woolmark Prize, during the final award event
held at the ME Hotel.

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Natalie Massenet, Chairman of the British Fashion Council opened the event; a
judging panel including  Victoria Beckham,  Donatella Versace,  Diane von
Furstenberg,  Franca Sozzani  and Tim Blanks selected the winner.

"Christian invented a new shape and made it possible with an industrial
production process," explained  Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia
and L'Uomo Vogue. "His designs are flattering, feminine and sexy, a modern
interpretation of wool."

After a global search spanning twelve months, reaching across sixteen countries
and involving over seventy designers, six finalists representing  Australia, 
China,  Europe,  India,  Japan  and the  USA  competed for the final
international prize - of  $100,000  AUD and the opportunity to be stocked in the
most important boutiques around the globe including  Harvey Nichols  -  London,
Bergdorf Goodman - NY, 10 Corso Como -  Milan, Joyce -  China,  David Jones  - 
Sydney  and Eickhoff Königsallee -  Germany.

Dion Lee  -  Australia
Ban Xiao Xue  -  China
Christian Wijnants -  Europe  (Belgium)
Pankaj and Nidhi -  India
Sophie Theallet  -  USA

The Woolmark Company Managing Director,  Stuart McCullough  said, "The
International Woolmark Prize seeks outstanding and emerging talent from around
the world, and we saw exceptional artisanship and design presented tonight. The
prize is our commitment to supporting the future of the fashion industry and we
are honoured to have received support from the global industry by way of our
premier retail partners and judges both at the international and regional

Christian Wijnants capsule Merino wool collection featured at the awards was
based on the simple idea of starting from a single white yarn and to explore all
its potential. The designer worked with one type of yarn in 100% Merino Wool, on
seamless garments, knitted in one piece.

The leading theme was based on hand-knitting and hand-dyeing techniques, using
deep colours inspired by crystals and minerals, and experimenting to obtain
unique shades and avoid shrinkage.

Every piece was dyed with innovative techniques, and some of them unravelled and
then re-knitted to create a unique irregular effect.

The collection will be available in partner retailers globally as of  September

The final award event featured NEXT Models, with make-up by MAC and hair by 
Lyndell Mansfield  and team at CLM thanks to Bumble & Bumble. Official airline
partner for the event was Qantas.


The Woolmark Company would like to recognise the valuable contribution from the
following partners:

Final judging panel
Diane Von Furstenberg  - Co-Chairman and Founder, DVF Studio LLC
Donatella Versace  - Creative Director and Vice President of  Gianni Versace
Franca Sozzani  - Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia, L'Uomo Vogue Italia and Editorial Director of Condé Nast Italia. "Goodwill Ambassador for
Fashion 4 Development" for the UN
Tim Blanks - Editor-at-Large  
Victoria Beckham
Andrew Keith  - President of JOYCE and Lane Crawford  
Carla Sozzani  - Owner 10 Corso Como
Paula Reed  - Group Fashion Director  Harvey Nichols

Nominating bodies
* British Fashion Council
* China Fashion Association
* Council of Fashion Designers of America
* Czech Grand Design
* Fashion Design Council of  India
* Flanders Fashion Institute
* Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association
* IMG Fashion Australia  
* Japan Fashion Week Organization
* Korea Fashion Association
* The Lock Group
* Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid
* MTD,  Turkey
* Pakistan Fashion Design Council
* Premsela, The Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion
* Stark Foundation
* UAE: Dubai Fashion Week
* Vogue Australia  
* Vogue China
* Vogue France
* Vogue Italia

Retail partners
* Bergdorf Goodman
*  David Jones
* Eickhoff Königsallee
*  Harvey Nichols
* Joyce
* 10 Corso Como

About The Woolmark Company

The Woolmark is the world's best known textile fibre brand, established in 1964.

The Woolmark brand is owned by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), a
not-for-profit company owned by over 27,000 woolgrowers. AWI's vision is to be a
significant contributor to a vibrant, stable and profitable wool industry
providing the world with the best natural fibre. The company works throughout
the global supply chain - from woolgrowers through to retailers.  

The company mission is to enhance the profitability, international
competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian wool industry; and increase
demand and market access for Australian wool.

Merino wool provides stability, resilience, softness and luxury to the tailoring
industry. The fibre has long been a favourite of designers, but younger
consumers, born in an era of 'disposable' fashion know too little about the
natural benefits. Wool is a 100 per cent natural, biodegradable and renewable

Sheep live on grass, water, fresh air and sunshine. Wool is a fibre that is
grown - not man-made. Every year sheep produce a new fleece; making wool a
renewable fibre source.

For more information and imagery please contact:

Melissa Grace
Ph: +61 416 196 379

SOURCE  The Woolmark Company

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