Everyone seems overjoyed with the 7 Woolmark Prize finalists-this year’s theme is ‘Play’

Dear Shaded Viewers,

The news is out:

The 2022 International Woolmark Prize finalists are:

  • Ahluwalia, United Kingdom
  • EGONLAB, France
  • Jordan Dalah, Australia
  • MMUSOMAXWELL, South Africa
  • Peter Do, USA
  • Rui, China
  • Saul Nash, United Kingdom
  • “We’re thrilled to introduce the next generation of creative game-changers to take part in the 2022 International Woolmark Prize,” said The Woolmark Company CEO, John Roberts. “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.”

Each finalist will receive a AU$60,000 grant for the development of a Merino collection and will be supported by the program’s education and mentoring initiative, the Innovation Academy. Industry leaders included in this program are:

Industry leaders, such as Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, Stylist & Editor, Holli Rogers, Chief Brand Officer, Farfetch, Sinéad Burke, Educator and Advocate, Sara Sozzani Maino, Head of Vogue Talents, Deputy Director Vogue Italia & Int Brand, Shaway Yeh, Founder YehYehYeh and Group Style Editorial Director Modern Media Group and Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large, Business of Fashion.

One finalist will be awarded the International Woolmark Prize and receive AU$200,000 to invest in the development of their business. The Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation will be awarded to another finalist, with the winner receiving AU$100,000. The Woolmark Supply Chain Award will also be presented, celebrating outstanding contribution from a trade partner driving wool supply chain innovation.

This year’s International Woolmark Prize finalists join revered alumni, including Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Gabriela Hearst, Emily Bode Aujla, Richard Malone, Angel Chen, Rahul Mishra and, most recently, Matty Bovan.

The Innovation Academy

The Woolmark Company is pleased to announce this year’s Innovation Academy partners: Tilting the Lens, Common Objective, Queen of Raw, Aquapak and Close to Clothes. The program boasts a global network of over 47 progressive international supply chain partners including BYBORRE, D-House, Knitwear Lab and studioe®. The Innovation Academy supports finalists with early-stage investment, product research and development, mentoring, networking and commerce, providing unparalleled insights and support to grow a sustainable business.

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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.