Christian Wijnants has been named the winner of the International Woolmark Prize, WWD is reporting. He takes home $105,000 in prize money and his winning collection will be sold at Bergdorf Goodman, 10 Corso Como, and other top retailers the world over.
The International Woolmark Award, sponsored by Australia's Woolmark Company, is an international fashion design competition (designers must create designs using Australia's Merino wool) which was won by both Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld in the 1905s. The award was revived this year, and Sophie Theallet was named as a finalist from the U.S. Other finalists included Dion Lee from Australia, Ban Xiao Xiu from China, DressedUndressed from Japan, and Pankaj and Nidhi from India.
WWD is reporting that the design competition--which has support from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the British Fashion Council, and the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture--will run for at least another two years. Next year's prize will be announced in Milan, and the year after that, Paris.