The International Woolmark Prize nominees have been announced for the womenswear and menswear categories. 65 designers across 62 countries have been selected to participate in the 2017/18 award, including four from the Middle East. They are: Nour Najem from Lebanon, Varoin Marwah from Dubai, Timi Hayek from Lebanon, and 2015 DDFC/Vogue Arabia Fashion Prize finalist Hind Matar from Bahrain. Each of the nominees will receive AUS $2000 (AED 5500) to assist them in the first round ahead of the regional finals to be held in Dubai, London, Milan, New York, Sydney, and Seoul throughout July.
The regional menswear and womenswear winners will present one look each in Australian merino wool, plus a six-piece capsule concept, to the panel of judges for a chance to represent the region at the final awards. The 12 global finalists will each receive a AUD $70 000 (AED 192 000) grant towards their next collection and a chance to participate in the international finals. Prize money for the overall winner has also increased, with the two eventual winners taking home AUS $200 000 (AED 550 500).
Additionally, a brand-new Innovation Award has been introduced to “celebrate the most unique and creative fabric or yarn development from a finalist.” The winner of the Innovation Award will receive AUS $100 000 (AED 275 000.) Good luck to all the nominees!