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Beyond the Bale : March 2014
• Sibling -- from the UK, representing Europe • Rahul Mishra -- from India, representing the India and the Middle East region • Altuzarra -- representing the USA. At last month's final, these five regional winners each showed a new six piece Merino wool collection to a judging panel of industry experts at the official event during Milan Fashion Week. The finalists also attended face-to- face interviews with the judging panel to present their designs, before showing their six-piece collection -- made from a minimum of 80 per cent Merino wool -- on the catwalk to an audience of the most influential journalists and 'names' of the fashion world. Alongside prestigious recognition, the prize was AU$100,000 and the opportunity to be stocked in the most important retailers around the globe including Harvey Nichols (London), Saks Fifth Avenue (New York), 10 Corso Como (Milan), Joyce (China), David Jones (Sydney), Colette (France) and mytheresa.com (Germany). The winning collection will be available at retail from August 2014. THE JUDGES The judging panel was made up of some of the most important and influential people in fashion, each one a pillar of the global fashion industry, plus representatives from some of the global IWP retail partners: • Frida Giannini, Creative Director, Gucci • Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia, L'Uomo Vogue Italia and Vogue.it. Editorial Director of Condé Nast Italia. "Goodwill Ambassador for Fashion 4 Development" for the UN • Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large Style.com • Angelica Cheung, Editor-at-Large Vogue China • Alexa Chung, Presenter, model and writer • Colette Garnsey, Director of AWI • Colin McDowell, Mentor to the designers • Carla Sozzani, 10 Corso Como, Italy • Colleen Sherin, Saks Fifth Avenue, USA • Sarah Andelman, Colette, France • Sophie Clark, David Jones, Australia • Susanne Botschen, MyTheresa.com, Germany. More information: View a video and images from the event at www.merino.com, www.woolmarkprize.com and www.woolmark.com The winning designs of Rahul Mishra being examined during judging by Alexa Chung and Tim Blanks. Each of the five finalists showed a six piece Merino wool collection at the event in Milan in front of an audience of the some of most influential journalists and 'names' of the fashion world. Pictured are the collections of winner Rahul Mishra (left) and Sibling (right). Judges at the finals event: Sophie Clark, Colleen Sherin, Tim Blanks, Carla Sozzani, Angelica Cheung, Alexa Chung, Frida Giannini, Susanne Botschen, Colette Garnsey, Sarah Andelman. 5 March 2014 BEYOND THE BALE