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Beyond the Bale : September 2013
4 For an emerging fashion designer, the prospect of not only showing on the Milan Fashion Week schedule but also having a mini-capsule collection made commercially available in some of the world’s leading retailers is a dream come true. For the next five months, five of the world’s future stars in the fashion industry will be busy creating a six-piece capsule collection as part of the final judging for the International Woolmark Prize 2013/14. Christopher Esber from Australia, Sydney-based fashion designer Christopher Esber won the Australia regional final of the International Woolmark Prize and will compete in the grand final of the coverted award at Milan Fashion Week in February 2014. FAST FACTS l The regional finalists have been announced for the 2013/14 International Woolmark Prize global final, to be held in Milan next February. l The final winning collection, made from Australian Merino wool, will be commercially available at key retail outlets worldwide. l Sydney-based label Christopher Esber is flying the flag for Australia after winning the regional final in July. fiXXed from Asia, SIBLING from Europe, Rahul Mishra from India and the USA’s Altuzarra will compete in the global final in February after winning their respective regional finals in June and July of this year. The eventual winner will have the opportunity to be stocked in the most important retailers of the world including Harvey Nichols, London; Saks Fifth Avenue, New York; 10 Corso Como, Milan; Joyce, China; David Jones, Sydney; and My Theresa, Germany and online. Last year’s International Woolmark Prize winner, Christian Wijnants, is currently enjoying retail success with his INTERNATIONAL WOOLMARK PRIZE 4 September 2013 BEYOND THE BALE OFF-FARM Australia judging panel • Edwina McCann – Editor-in- Chief, Vogue Australia • Kellie Hush – Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s BAZAAR • Scott Schuman – Founder, The Sartorialist • Simon Lock – CEO, The Lock Group • Sophie Clark – Womenswear General Manager, David Jones Hong Kong-based label ffiXXed that won the Asia regional final. Asia judging panel • Angelica Cheung – Editor-in- Chief, Vogue China • Bartley Ingram – Head of Art & Visual, Joyce • Christian Wijnants – International Woolmark Prize 2012/13 winner • Kevin Carrigan – Global Creative Director, Calvin Klein platinum label, Calvin Klein white label, Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear • Simon Lock – CEO, The Lock Group