The International Woolmark Prize 2017/18, special event of the Pitti Uomo calendar that took place at the Stazione Leopolda in Florence, has proclaimed two new winners: Matthew Miller and Bodice respectively in the menswear and womenswear category. Third winner, the first of the Innovation Award, DYNE.
The finalists of the award were judged by a jury composed of Amber Valletta, Elizabeth Von Guttman, Emanuele Farneti, Julie Davies, Livia Firth, Liya Kebede, Miroslava Duma, Nonita Kalra, Phillip Lim, Riccardo Vannetti, Sarah Mower and Stuart McCullough. They were also joined by representatives of the vast network of retail partners of the International Woolmark Prize.
“Winning this fantastic prize is the crowning achievement of a dream,” said Matthew Miller. “Being included in the list of winners along with well-known names from the past is the realization of a new goal”.
Bodice has been proclaimed winner of the womenswear category thanks to the technology and manufacturing used in its production process.
Inspired by her grandmother who used to transform saris into quilts, she tackled the problem of waste and consumerism in fashion by applying traditional recycling techniques and ‘proving’ that well-being can also be influenced by the way you dress. Collaborating with weaving craftsmen and encouraging them to adopt an unorthodox approach to traditional techniques, the designer has developed an elegant collection that pays homage to the australian Merino wool and the craftsmen of her country. To complete the holistic approach of the brand, finally, he made the buttons of his garments from coconuts, shells and wood.
For Bodice, victory means everything. “This is a huge opportunity to expand my business,” says designer Ruchika Sachdeva. “Having the chance to work with such a thick retailer is incredible”.
The finalists who represented the six regions of the world were selected from over 65 designers from more than 60 countries. At the end there were SixLee and KYE (Asia), Blair Archibald and Harman Grubiš (Australia & New Zealand), Matthew Miller and Le Kilt (British Isles), L’Homme Rouge and David Laport (Europ a), Antar – Agni and Bodice (Ind ia and Middle East) and DYNE and Zaid Affas (USA).
Matthew Miller and Bodice will each receive $ 200,000 as support for their business. In addition, both will receive continuous support from an industry mentor, Woolmark certification for their winning collection and the opportunity to see their collections distributed in prestigious department stores and boutiques, such as Boutique 1, Boon The Shop, David Jones, Harvey Nichols , Hudson’s Bay, Lane Crawford, LECLAIREUR, mytheresa.com, ORDRE, Par lour X, Ssense.com, Sugar and Tata CLiQ Luxury.
DYNE will receive $ 100,000 and commercial opportunities. The collections will also be presented for the first time at the British Fashion Council’s LONDON show ROOMS, during the TRANOÏ WEEK in Paris, from 18 to 23 January, at the VNH Gallery, 108 Rue Vieille Du Temple, 75003, Paris.