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Woolmark announces IWP finale & judging panel
04
Feb '14
The Woolmark Company is proud to announce the International Woolmark Prize (IWP) final event to be hosted in Milan during Fashion Week will be on the evening of 21 February 2014 at the Museo Della Triennale.
 
The five selected finalists will show their Merino wool collections during a fashion show, competing for the global award and judged by an extraordinary jury comprising leaders of the fashion industry. 
 
The judging panel for the final event is as follows:
-Angelica Cheung, Editor-at-Large, Vogue China
-Colette Garnsey, Director, Australian Wool Innovation (parent company of The Woolmark Company)
-Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia, L'Uomo Vogue Italia and Vogue.it. -Editorial Director of Condé Nast Italia. "Goodwill Ambassador for Fashion 4 Development" for the UN
-Frida Giannini, Gucci, Creative Director
-Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large, Style.com
-Colin McDowell, Designer Mentor, fashion writer, journalist and academic
-Commercialisation of the winning collection continues to be one of the most important and unique elements of the prize; as such the contribution of the retail judges is paramount in selecting the winner. 
 
Representatives from the global retail partners will join the panel to provide their insight and perspective on the relevance of the finalists at a commercial level, including:
-Carla Sozzani, 10 Corso Como, Italy
-Colleen Sherin, Saks, USA
-Sarah Andelman, Colette, France
-Sophie Clark, David Jones, Australia
-Susanne Botschen, MyTheresa.com, Germany
 
The winning collection will also be stocked in Harvey Nichols in the UK and JOYCE in China. The prestigious panel will judge the wool collections of the five finalists, selected through a global search, reaching across 24 countries and involving more than 48 designers. The finalists for 2014 are: ffiXXed for Asia, Christopher Esber for Australia, Sibling for Europe, Rahul Mishra for India and Middle East, Altuzarra for USA.


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