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5 Indians among Woolmark's regional prize nominees
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Apr '16
Courtesy: Woolmark
Courtesy: Woolmark
Four Indian designers for womenswear and one for menswear are among India, Pakistan and Middle East regional nominees announced by The Woolmark Company for the International Woolmark Prize, one of the most coveted designer awards in fashion.

The award ceremony will be held on July 15, 2016 in Mumbai, The Woolmark Company.

Indians among the 11 womenswear designers are Nachiket Barve, Sahil Kochhar and Eka. There are three Pakistani, two Mid-Eastern and a Lebanese designer among the nominees.

There are four nominees for menswear including India's Bounipun. Two designers from the Middle East and one from Pakistan are also among the nominees.

First launched in 1953 by the International Wool Secretariat, the prize was famously awarded in 1954 to Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent in Paris. Today the International Woolmark Prize continues to recognise outstanding design talent from around the world.

A total of 80 designers have been selected from 62 countries to participate in this year's award, which showcases the qualities of Australian Merino wool.

Apart from Mumbai, India, there will be five other regional events which will be held during July in Hong Kong, Sydney, Milan, London and New York. Nominees will present one look in Merino wool and a six-piece capsule concept to industry experts for the chance to represent their region at the final awards. Twelve finalists will each receive a $50,000 (Australian) financial contribution towards their next collection and an invitation to participate in the international global finals.

The six menswear finalists will meet in London in January 2017 and the six womenswear finalists will meet in Paris in March 2017. The winners of the menswear and womenswear finals will receive a further $100,000 (Australian) to assist with fabric sourcing and marketing of their collection and mentoring from industry experts.

In addition, both international winners will have the opportunity to have their collection distributed through prestigious international retail partners including Harvey Nichols in the UK, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, David Jones in Australia, Boutique 1 in the UAE, Verso in Belgium, Leclaireur in Paris, Boon the Shop in South Korea, The Papillion in Indonesia and online through mytheresa.com (womenswear) and Matchesfashion.com (menswear). (SH)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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