The Woolmark prize is a prestigious award for rising fashion stars.
The prizes include the titular International Woolmark Prize feat. AU$200,000 (approximately $145,000) for business investment, and the Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation that awards AU$100,000 (approx $72,000).
All finalists will have the opportunity to be stocked in some of the world’s leading stores, via the International Woolmark Prize Retailer Network.
The six finalists for the 2021 International Woolmark Prize have been announced after whittling down 380 applicants from over 55 different countries. This years list include former LVMH prize winner Thebe Magugu from South Africa and Nigerian label Kenneth Ize .
The other designers on the list include , Marie-Ève Lecavalier, Bethany Williams , Charaf Tajer of Casablanca & Matty Bovan.
Thebe Magugu ; Is a luxury South African fashion brand that offers ready to wear fashion. His eponymous fashion line is known for drawing inspiration from the women in his life, South Africa’s rich cultural history and honoring the women there. In a brand statement on his website, he says: “We are constantly surrounded by women, and on a personal level, the trait I have always found most admirable is their powerful ability to possess both strength and vulnerability.”
Kenneth Ize : Is a Nigerian designer born in Vienna. Kenneth Ize’s brand is dedicated to preserving Nigerian craftsmanship, proving that luxury is intrinsic to African heritage. “For me, it’s very exciting to see how everything has changed based on the young generation in Nigeria now actually believing in themselves and that they can actually design something really nice with what they have,” Ize