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Beyond the Bale : September 2012
8 OFF-FARM September 2012 BEYOND THE BALE Five emerging fashion designers have been propelled onto the international fashion scene after winning their regional finals for the relaunched International Woolmark Prize (IWP). Dion Lee from Australia, Ban Xiao Xue from China, Christian Winjants from Europe, Pankaj and Nidhi from India and the USA's Sophie Theallet will now sit alongside Japanese nominated designers DRESSES UNDRESSED to compete in the grand final of the coveted award at Fashion designer Dion Lee won the Australia regional final of the International Woolmark Prize and will compete in the grand final of the coveted award at London Fashion Week in February 2013. FAST FACTS l The regional finalists have been announced for the relaunched International Woolmark Prize, presented in partnership with Vogue. l An important element of this prize is the commercialisation of Australian Merino wool products in key retail outlets in Italy, UK, US, China, Australia and Germany. l The final winner will be announced at London Fashion Week in February 2013 and will have their collection stocked in some of the world's leading retailers. Ban Xiao Xue who won the China regional final. London Fashion Week in February 2013. A successor of the International Wool Secretariat Prize, it has previously uncovered the legendary talents of Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld and today is proudly presented by AWI and The Woolmark Company in partnership with Vogue. From now until February next year each of the five regional winners will be busy creating a capsule collection as part of the final round of judging, with the eventual winner having his/her collection stocked by leading global retailers including David Jones in Australia, Harvey Nichols in the UK, Bergdorf Goodman in the USA, 10 Corso Como in Italy, Joyce in China and Eickoff in Germany. INTERNATIONAL WOOLMARK PRIZE Australia judging panel • Edwina McCann – Editor-in- Chief, Vogue Australia • Richard Nicoll – Designer • Simon P Lock – Founder of Australian Fashion Week • Malcolm Carfrae – Global Vice President of Communications for Calvin Klein • David Bush – General Manager Womenswear, David Jones China judging panel • Angelica Cheung – Vogue China Editor-in-Chief • Du Juan – Supermodel • Uma Wang – Fashion designer • Xiang Jing – Artist • Ning Lau – Representative of Joyce