If the CFDA Awards are the fashion Oscars, then the International Woolmark Prize is the fashion Olympics, and the United States has officially swept the prizes. Two months after Public School took home the inaugural Men's International Woolmark Prize in London, fellow New York-based designer Marcia Patmos of M.Patmos was awarded the prize for womenswear on Tuesday.
The winner was announced at an event in Beijing, where the nominees each presented a Merino wool collection to a panel of judges including Victoria Beckham, Vogue China Editor in Chief Angelica Cheung, Vogue Italia Editor in Chief Franca Sozzani and British journalist Colin McDowell.
Patmos beat out design labels from around the world, including V Major from China, Strateas.Carlucci from Australia, Augustin Taboul from Germany and Bird on a Wire from Lebanon. "I felt that Patmos embodied best what the IWP stands for," said Beckham in a statement. "The collection was well executed and the concept interesting."
Patmos won $76,366, and the opportunity to have her collection stocked by retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Harvey Nichols, 10 Corso Como, Joyce, Isetan Mitsukoshi, David Jones and Mytheresa.com.
2015 marked the first year in the Woolmark Prize's 50-year history that there were separate prizes for menswear and womenswear. Next year's International Woolmark Prize for Womenswear final will be held in New York City in February.