2020 International Woolmark Prize finalists announced to present traceable Merino wool collections

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Above are the ten designers in the competition of the International Woolmark Prize that will be decided in February with the support of the Woolmark Company’s Innovation Academy which is a mentoring and education program helping brands implement best practices to address environmental and social issues along with sustainable business growth.

The 10 finalists will present six fully traceable Merino wool looks to the jury. The overall winner will receive AU$200,000 and one designer will receive AU$100,000 for demonstrating outstanding innovation in product or manufacturing. The Woolmark Prize retail network will make the finalist collections available for commercialisation in September 2020. The retail network includes Mytheresa.com, Matchesfashion.com, Takashimaya, Lane Crawford and David Jones.

“The International Woolmark Prize is the world’s leading talent development program and as industry priorities evolve, so do the expectations of the prize,” explains The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough. “We see traceability and supply chain integrity as a way to empower brands and customers to make better choices. By ensuring these emerging designers are equipped with the knowledge, support and access to the most advanced supply chain partners, the International Woolmark Prize continues to push the agenda for best practice.”

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Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.