Christian Wijnants Wins 2013 International Woolmark Prize

 Saturday 16th February, London – Christian Wijnants was announced the winner of the 2013 International Woolmark Prize, during the final award event held at the ME Hotel.


Natalie Massenet, Chairman of the British Fashion Council opened the event; a judging panel including Victoria Beckham, Donatella Versace, Diane von Furstenberg, Franca Sozzani and Tim Blanks selected the winner. 

“Christian invented a new shape and made it possible with an industrial production process, “ explained Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue. “His designs are flattering, feminine and sexy, a modern interpretation of wool.”


After a global search spanning twelve months, reaching across sixteen countries and involving over seventy designers, six finalists representing Australia, China, Europe, India, Japan and the USA competed for the final international prize – of $100,000 AUD and the opportunity to be stocked in the most important boutiques around the globe including Harvey Nichols – London, Bergdorf Goodman – NY, 10 Corso Como – Milan, Joyce – China, David Jones – Sydney and Eickhoff Königsallee – Germany.


Dion Lee - Australia

Ban Xiao Xue - China

Christian Wijnants - Europe (Belgium)

Pankaj and Nidhi - India


Sophie Theallet - USA  


The Woolmark Company Managing Director, Stuart McCullough said, “The International Woolmark Prize seeks outstanding and emerging talent from around the world, and we saw exceptional artisanship and design presented tonight. The prize is our commitment to supporting the future of the fashion industry and we are honoured to have received support from the global industry by way of our premier retail partners and judges both at the international and regional level.”


Christian Wijnants capsule Merino wool collection featured at the awards was based on the simple idea of starting from a single white yarn and to explore all its potential. The designer  worked with one type of yarn in 100% Merino Wool, on seamless garments, knitted in one piece.

The leading theme was based on hand-knitting and hand-dyeing techniques, using deep colours inspired by crystals and minerals, and experimenting to obtain unique shades and avoid shrinkage.

Every piece was dyed with innovative techniques, and some of them unravelled and then re-knitted to create a unique irregular effect.


The collection will be available in partner retailers globally as of September 2013.


The final award event featured NEXT Models, with make-up by MAC and hair by Lyndell Mansfield and team at CLM thanks to Bumble & Bumble. Official airline partner for the event was Qantas.


Visit: www.woolmarkprize.com  

The Woolmark Company would like to recognise the valuable contribution from the following partners: 

Final judging panel

Diane Von Furstenberg - Co-Chairman and Founder, DVF Studio LLC

Donatella Versace - Creative Director and Vice President of Gianni Versace S.p.A.

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

Victoria Beckham

Andrew Keith - President of JOYCE and Lane Crawford 

Carla Sozzani - Owner 10 Corso Como

Paula Reed – Group Fashion Director Harvey Nichols


Nominating bodies

              British Fashion Council

              China Fashion Association

              Council of Fashion Designers of America

              Czech Grand Design

              Fashion Design Council of India

              Flanders Fashion Institute

              Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association

              IMG Fashion Australia

              Japan Fashion Week Organization

              Korea Fashion Association

              The Lock Group

              Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid

              MTD, Turkey

              NOT JUST A LABEL

              Pakistan Fashion Design Council

              Premsela, The Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion

              Stark Foundation

              UAE: Dubai Fashion Week

              Vogue Australia

              Vogue China

              Vogue France

              Vogue Italia


Retail partners

              Bergdorf Goodman

              David Jones

              Eickhoff Königsallee

              Harvey Nichols


              10 Corso Como 


About The Woolmark Company


The Woolmark is the world’s best known textile fibre brand, established in 1964.


The Woolmark brand is owned by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), a not-for-profit company owned by over 27,000 woolgrowers. AWI’s vision is to be a significant contributor to a vibrant, stable and profitable wool industry providing the world with the best natural fibre. The company works throughout the global supply chain – from woolgrowers through to retailers.


The company mission is to enhance the profitability, international competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian wool industry; and increase demand and market access for Australian wool.


Merino wool provides stability, resilience, softness and luxury to the tailoring industry. The fibre has long been a favourite of designers, but younger consumers, born in an era of ‘disposable’ fashion know too little about the natural benefits. Wool is a 100 per cent natural, biodegradable and renewable fibre.


Sheep live on grass, water, fresh air and sunshine. Wool is a fibre that is grown – not man-made. Every year sheep produce a new fleece; making wool a renewable fibre source.




For more information and imagery please contact:

Melissa Grace


Ph: +61 416 196 379