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Beyond the Bale : March 2018
MENSWEAR WINNER WOMENSWEAR WINNER INNOVATION AWARD WINNER This year’s International Woolmark Prize also held its inaugural Innovation Award, powered by Future Tech Lab, to reward the collection with the most innovative and creative wool fabrication, process or development. This award aims to inspire the competition’s designers to be more experimental when developing fabric or yarn for their final collections. Inspired by learning to snowboard in the 1980s – in a wool bomber jacket – the winning collection of DYNE’s Christopher Bevans comprises a technical snowboarding wardrobe, complete with an ‘NFC chip’ in the water-resistant wool jacket to track users in avalanches. The collection is crafted from Merino wool ranging between 17 and 19.5 microns, and includes zip-up hoodies, track pants, trench coats and pullovers – with reflective overlays and inserts, functional pocket zips, laser-cut details and two-way stretch. “It’s an honour,” said DYNE designer Christopher Bevans. “We pushed so hard and to be recognised for this is incredible. It doesn’t get more special.” “For me he was definitely the leader in innovation,” said Future Tech Lab founder/CEO Miroslava Duma. “The NFC chips he embedded in his collection, and the fabrication of the snowboard gear, really stood out. He really thinks about technology every step of the way.” Menswear winner Matthew Miller (Britain) speaking with judge Eva Galambos of leading Australian multi-brand luxury fashion retailer Parlour X, during judging. Detail on a design from womenswear winner Bodice (India). PHOTO: Morgan O’Donovan Designs of the winner of the Innovation Award, DYNE. PHOTOS: Morgan O’Donovan “Winning this award is amazing, it’s a dream come true,” he said. “To be listed alongside the previous winners of this prize is next level.” For Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Emanuele Farneti, Matthew Miller presented a well- balanced collection with attractive price points. “He showed a good combination between innovation, commercial viability and pieces which will be worn by men on the street.” “This is a huge opportunity to expand on what I do and keep doing it,” said Bodice designer Ruchika Sachdeva. “To get the chance to work with these retailers is incredible.” Womenswear designer Phillip Lim thought Bodice’s collection was “completely thoughtful”. “From the ingredients and dyes used all the way to the application and everything in between, her collection really represents a modern woman.” Womenswear winner Bodice from India was praised for its technique and manufacturing process. Collaborating with hand weavers and encouraging them to take an unorthodox approach to traditional techniques, Bodice produced an elegant collection honouring both Australian Merino wool and the artisans of India. Bodice also worked with Bio-Dye in Sawantwadi, central India, which makes all its colours from natural sources. Using Australian Merino wool ranging from 17.5 to 20.5 microns, menswear winner Matthew Miller from Britain added multifunctional elements to his designs for different environments, such as the addition of a garment belt system which acts as a way to turn the garment into an accessory in warmer climates. He also included innovative treatments to create, for example, water resistant fabrics. OFF FARM 19
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