Delhi, 18th June, 2015:The
Woolmark Company today announced the esteemed jury panel for the India,
Pakistan & Middle East regional round of the highly coveted International
Woolmark Prize 2015/16, the award known for bringing emerging designers
to the world stage.
Most acclaimed London-based designer Osman Yousefzada will sit alongside
industry stalwarts like CEO of the Dubai Design & Fashion Council
Nez Gebreel, Editor-in-Chief Harper's Bazaar Arabia Louise Nichol, Editor-in-Chief
of Grazia Middle East Alison Tay, The Woolmark Company's Melissa Grace,
Editor of GQ India CheKurrien, and Bridget Cosgrave, Fashion and Buying
Director of new retail partner Boutique 1. For the first time the event
will be held in United Arab Emirates on July 22, 2015 at Vida Hotels and
Resorts' boutique hotel Manzil Downtown Dubai.
The event will shine the spotlight on the impressive growth of luxury
retail in Dubai and the emergence of new designer talent from the United
Arab Emirates and neighbouring countries. Eleven of the region's most
promising fashion designers have been put forward by the official nominating
bodies for India, Pakistan & Middle East: IMG Reliance (India), PFDC
(Pakistan), Dubai Design & Fashion Council (UAE), and Starch Foundation
the International Woolmark Prize enters its fourth year, it also aims
at strengthening its retail partnerships globally. The luxury fashion
retailer Boutique 1 has joined the network as the exclusive womenswear
retail partner for the UAE. Comprising an online shop and bricks and mortar
stores across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Beirut and London, the multi-brand concept
will stock the final winning collection from next August. Boutique 1 has
joined some of the world's most exciting retailers championing Merino
wool and emerging designs.
Nominees will present sketches of six outfits highlighting the use of
Merino wool to a panel of industry experts at the regional awards event.
One full outfit from the capsule collection is to be produced. The winners
will go on to the International Woolmark Prize finals held in Florence
and New York in 2016.
India, Pakistan & Middle East nominees for the 2015/16 International
Woolmark Prize are:
o Akaaro, India
o NachiketBarve, India
o SaniaMaskatiya, Pakistan
o Taller Marmo, UAE
o Bleach, UAE
o Misha Lakhani, Pakistan
o Bashar Assaf, Lebanon
o Mira Hayek, Lebanon
o Republic, Pakistan
o Suketdhir, India
o Thamanyah, UAE
About The Woolmark Company:
The Woolmark Company is the global authority on wool. Through our extensive
network of relationships spanning the international textile and fashion
industries, we highlight Australian wool's position as the ultimate natural
fibre and premier ingredient in luxury apparel.
The Woolmark logo is one of the world's most recognised and respected
brands, providing assurance of the highest quality, and representing pioneering
excellence and innovation from farm through to finished product.
The Woolmark Company is a subsidiary of Australian Wool Innovation, a
not-for-profit enterprise owned by more than 25,000 woolgrowers that invests
in research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain
for Australian wool.
For more information on the International Woolmark Prize go to www.woolmarkprize.com