Christian Wijnants was announced the winner of the 2013 International Woolmark Prize. The Belgian designer competed with other 5 finalists including Dion Lee from Australia, Ban Xiao Xue from China, Pankaj and Nidhi from India, DRESSEDUNDRESSED from Japan and Sophie Theallet from USA and took home the final international prize – of $100,000 AUD and the opportunity to be stocked in the most important boutiques around the globe including Bergdorf Goodman in New York, David Jones in Sydney, Eickhoff Königsallee in Germany, Harvey Nichols in London, 10 Corso Como in Milan and Joyce in China.
A judging panel including Victoria Beckham, Donatella Versace, Diane von Furstenberg, Franca Sozzani and Andrew Keith, president of JOYCE and LANE CRAWFORD selected the winner.
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 at JOYCE as of September 2013.