Saint Heron celebrates the 2021 International Woolmark Prize Finalists with a theatrical journey that sets the stage for each finalist’s designs to take on a life of their own, a voice of their own. “Passage” is a deeply thoughtful exploration of sustainability, and the stages of creation: contemplation, courage, optimism, vulnerability, discipline, and strength.”
“ ‘Passage’ aligns with Saint Heron’s mission to revere creation as life, from abstraction to being.” – Solange Knowles
The short film stars an ensemble cast of emerging musical talent and legendary personalities, including 5x Grammy award winner Dionne Warwick; actress, model, and author Dominique Jackson; eclectic artist SahBabii; Atlanta psychedelic soul legend Joi; and KeiyaA, one of music’s most exciting new voices and Pitchfork ranked best new music of 2020. “ ‘Passage’ aligns with Saint Heron’s mission to revere creation as life, from abstraction to being,” says Knowles in a statement. “I’ve been a longtime fan of Wu Tsang’s work and to be able to work alongside her, the Saint Heron team, and all of the incredible artists and designers in the film, really fortifies the ethos of collaboration and communal creative exchange that we wish to continue to embody,” she continues.
This vision of combining the skills of young designers with the adaptability of wool resulted in an annual design competition held in Paris that predates any other major designer prize still in operation today. From Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent to Giorgio Armani, Donna Karan, and Ralph Lauren, The International Woolmark Prize has recognised and nurtured some of the most influential fashion designers of our time. Since the 1950s, this award has not only acted as a foundation of support for emerging creatives, but it has also unquestionably contributed to crucial moments in contemporary fashion’s canon. Valentino Garavani, who was a fashion student in his teens in Paris at the time, was one of the first winners of the International Wool Secretariat’s design competition, according to the earliest records. The reward gained the young Italian a great degree of attention, so much so that he shortly after secured his first job in 1950 with couturier Jean Dessès before his own now-iconic first name blossomed into what today remains one of the most revered international fashion brands.