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
Diane von Furstenberg
and Tim Blanks selected the winner.
"Christian invented a new shape and made it possible with an industrial production process," explained
, 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
competed for the final international prize - of
AUD and the opportunity to be stocked in the most important boutiques around the globe including
, Bergdorf Goodman - NY, 10 Corso Como -
, Joyce -
and Eickhoff Königsallee -
Ban Xiao Xue
Christian Wijnants -
)Pankaj and Nidhi -
The Woolmark Company Managing Director,
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 level."
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.