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Natalie Massenet, Chairman of the British Fashion Council opened the event; a judging panel including
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
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 -
David Jones -
Sydney and Eickhoff Königsallee -
Dion Lee -
AustraliaBan Xiao Xue -
ChinaChristian Wijnants -
Belgium)Pankaj and Nidhi -
JapanSophie Theallet -
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 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.