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Manish Arora, Indian fashion designer part of Expert Advisory Council

Expert Advisory Council to select 10 finalists for the 2019/20 International Woolmark Prize

An expert Advisory Council is facing the tough challenge to select 10 designers to participate in the International Woolmark Prize global final, to be held early-2020. The 2019/20 edition of the International Woolmark Prize attracted more than 300 applications from across the world and the 10 finalists will be announced in October 2019.

The International Woolmark Prize Advisory Council includes:

  • Manish Arora, Designer
  • Christiane Arp, Editor in Chief, Vogue Germany
  • Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large, Business of Fashion
  • Christine Centenera, Fashion Director, Vogue Australia, and Co-Founder WARDROBE.NYC
  • Floriane de Saint Pierre, Founder, Floriane de Saint Pierre et Associés
  • Livia Firth, Co-founder and Creative Director of Eco-Age
  • Gert Jonkers, Co-founder, and Editor-in-chief, Fantastic Man
  • Colin McDowell, Fashion commentator
  • Fabien Montique, Director, and photographer
  • Sarah Mower, Chief Critic,
  • Nelson Mui, Merchandising Director, Fashion, Lane Crawford
  • Chizuru Muko, Editor in Chief, WWD Japan
  • Sara Sozzani Maino, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Italia and Head of Vogue Talents
  • Alison Veness, Editor 10 & 10 Men Australia and Creative Director-at-Large Vogue Australia
  • Lu Yan, Founder, Comme Moi
  • Kate Young, Stylist

Manish Arora, Designer:

“It was inspiring to see the new and upcoming talent by being a part of the Advisory Council. Merino wool is a year-long fiber, fit for every season and I am excited to see how the selected contestants would explore its versatility. I believe that the International Woolmark Prize will open immense opportunities for them to grow, flourish and make an impact to the industry.”  

Livia Firth, Eco-Age Founder, and Creative Director:

“The International Woolmark Prize is a fashion institution that nurtures emerging talent and gives designers a global platform to help grow their businesses. Each year we see designers from around the world bring their unique vision and innovative methods to reimagine the possibilities of Australian Merino wool in a more sustainable way. I am proud to support this incredible awards program and look forward to meeting the finalists, seeing their wool creations in 2020, learn from them and get inspired even more.”

Now in its eighth year, the International Woolmark Prize remains the leading talent incubation program, crossing borders and cultures to discover, nurture and celebrate outstanding talents who showcase the beauty and versatility of Merino wool. Boasting prestigious alumni of more than 400 designers, experts, and taste-makers, the program receives international success and this year attracted submissions from nearly 50 countries, from France, England, the USA, Italy and Australia to first-time entrants from Peru, Ecuador, Hungry and Armenia.


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