Each year, the Woolmark Company hosts the International Woolmark Prize and encourages young designers to think outside the box, using wool as the basis of their creations to help create a more sustainable future for fashion. This year’s finalists, which include Robyn Lynch, RHUDE, A. ROEGE HOVE, Bluemarble, Lagos Space Programme, MARCO RAMBALDI, MAXXIJ and Paolina Russo, have the chance to win AUS$200,000, as well as being stocked in retailers all over the world.
From Karl Lagerfeld to Yves Saint Laurent, the IWP has incubated and helped launch some of the biggest names in the industry today. Its cultural impact is widespread globally, and continues to uplift designers from all over. This year, the theme of dialogue has been set in place, encouraging collectivity to be integrated into the process of creativity. Dialogue has become essential to the Woolmark Company, sparking it between young designers and key industry figures to shape the future of fashion.
Joining the finalists, world-renowned artist Joan Jonas has created a short film titled by this year’s theme, recreating her 1972 work “Delay Delay”. Celebrating young talent, American actress Taylour Paige and British musician Loyle Carner appear alongside Jonas in the film set in Marseille. “DIALOGUE” follows the creatives among others, as they fill up the space with props to create various rhythms following a musical score created by Loraine James.
Speaking on the film, Jonas stated “The fact that Woolmark found a site near Marseille in France to restage parts of [Delay, Delay], and that the work would be transformed by younger people – I find very interesting”. Being one of the first to use video performance as an art medium in the 60s and 70s, Jonas has become a pioneer artist who has shaped how today’s generation of creatives interpret and create art.
Bringing together the past to the present, and celebrating the future of art and fashion, the IWP will announce its winner during a live event in Paris taking place on May 15.
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