International Woolmark Prize Announces 2022 Finalists
Including Priya Ahluwalia, Rui Zhou and more.
Celebrating exceptional talent in fashion across the globe, the International Woolmark Prize has revealed its 2022 finalists. The seven esteemed designers are Priya Ahluwalia of Ahluwalia (United Kingdom), Florentin Glémarec and Kevin Nompeix of Egonlab (France), Jordan Dalah (Australia), Maxwell Boko and Mmuso Potsane of MMUSOMMAXWELL (South Africa), Peter Do (USA), Rui Zhou of RUI (China) and Saul Nash (United Kingdom).
The world’s oldest and most prestigious fashion award program will grant each finalist $60,000 AUD to create a Merino wool collection for Fall/Winter 2022 to showcase their innovative and forward-thinking designs.
In line with this year’s theme of “Play,” the group of emerging talent is tasked to imagine the future through their garments. In competition for two prizes, the International Woolmark Prize and the Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation, the designers must experiment with textiles and color, while considering the future of fashion and the world.
“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,” remarks John Roberts, The Woolmark Company CEO.
The finalists will also have the support of some of fashion world’s most influential figures. The Innovation Academy, the program’s educational component, includes mentoring from the industry’ leaders, such as stylist and editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson and Tim Blanks, the editor-at-large of Business of Fashion.
Winners will be selected by a prestigious panel of industry experts in April 2022. Learn more about this dynamic group of creatives on the International Woolmark Prize website.