First held in 1953, the International Woolmark Prize was originally an initiative of the International Wool Secretariat and was won the following year by iconic fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent.
This year, some 80 designers have been selected from 62 countries to participate in the International Woolmark Prize to showcase the schmick qualities of Australian Merino Wool. In fact, 36 more countries have been added to the Woolmark Prize roster this year, including New Zealand, Indonesia and the expansion of the European Country which will see 6 regional events and capsule concepts shown throughout June and July.
Here are the Woolmark Prize menswear nominees from Australia:
AMXANDER is a contemporary menswear label based in Melbourne, Australia. Founded by Jason Alexander Pang, AMXANDER debuted in 2013 with a collection that garnered attention for its intricate take on print and luxe sweatshirts.
#2 Chris Ran Lin
Born in China, Chris Ran Lin grew up literally surrounded by fashion: his mother was a dressmaker and his grandmother had expertise in the artistry of traditional Chinese craft. His experiments are brave and highly exploratory, bringing old-school tailoring techniques married with traditional craftsmanship. His works are lush in colours, possess a delightfully soft touch within masculinity and have personal association.
Having worked internationally as a leading designer and fashion consultant for renowned brands and creative professionals in Australia, New York and Paris, Lukas Vincent conceptualized the EXINFINITAS brand whilst residing in New York City. Lukas combines the traditional vocabulary of fashion with a special interest in alchemy and sacred geometry, whereby pushing the limitations of the material itself into new fluid compositions
SHHORN is the menswear house of architecturally trained, self-taught fashion designer Sean Tran. His practice is guided by experiments in handcrafting and an exploration of materials. SHHORN’s highly sculptural work, while focussed on shape and construction, is devoted to amplifying the natural characteristics of their chosen material.