Congratulations to Belgian designer Christian Wijnants, as he has just been crowned the winner of this year’s prestigious International Woolmark prize.
He beat off stiff competition from five other designers, with the panel of judges –Victoria Beckham, Diane von Furstenberg, Donatella Versace and Franca Sozzani – all thinking he had something special by making seamless hand-dyed pieces with Merino wool yarn.
“Christian invented a new shape and made it possible with an industrial production process,” Franca Sozzani said. “His designs are flattering, feminine and sexy, a modern interpretation of wool.”
As well as receiving a very tasty £65,000 cash prize, the designer’s winning collection will now go on sale in London’s Harvey Nichols and New York’s Bergdorf Goodman, so keep your eyes peeled for them in the near future.
Congrats again to the very deserving winner!