Celebrating the innovative use of textiles and fabrics, the prize and the development program connected to it have been a household name when it comes to the support of designers from all around the world. The winner will take home AU$200,000 to invest into their brand, while two other finalists are chosen for The Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation worth AU$100,000 and The Woolmark Supply Chain Award.
“As the award continues to evolve, our aim is to support designers to think beyond today, highlighting the innovation, versatility, and sustainability of Merino wool and showcase its basis for new technologies to meet the discerning needs of tomorrow’s customer,” says John Roberts, CEO of Australian Wool Innovation, Woolmark’s parent company.
Before the winner, selected by a panel of industry experts, is announced in April 2022, the contestants are supported by the program’s Innovation Academy. As with every year, big industry names – including Farfetch’s Chief Brand Officer Holli Rogers and Business of Fashion’s Editor-at-Large Tim Blanks, amongst others – are ready to be mentors to the finalists, aiding them in all things research, development, and commerce.
Meet the seven finalists of the Internation Woolmark Prize 2022 and their reactions to being nominated for an award whose past recipients include Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Gabriela Hearst, and, most recently, last year’s winner Matty Bovan.