International Woolmark Prize Winners Announced

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Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty of Cottweiler with Gabriela Hearst (centre)

The prestigious prize recognising design excellence with wool has been awarded in Paris overnight.

Cottweiler and Gabriela Hearst were announced the winners of the menswear and womenswear 2016/2017 International Woolmark Prize, presented at a special event at the iconic Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

The return of the International Woolmark Prize to Paris salutes the original awards, initiated by the International Wool Secretariat in 1953. This year, the menswear and womenswear awards have been held together for the first time at one prestigious event.

“Cottweiler is working with wool in a highly original way that mixes sports, tailoring, streetwear and fashion, and I think that represents a new dimension in menswear,”said Dazed Media CEO and Co-Founder Jefferson Hack after the announcement.

Representing the British Isles, Cottweiler’s winning International Woolmark Prize collection comprises sheer Merino wool base-layers, windproof mid-layers and quilted waterproof outerwear, with wool-blend fabrics ranging from 18.5 microns through to 19.5 microns, and recycled wool scraps used for insulation. The resultant collection brings Cottweiler’s brand of fetish-infused cult and tribe codes into the world of wool, with utilitarian detailing – padded hoods, detachable cargo pockets, running caps, and elasticised hems and cuffs, for example – at its core.

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Models in Cottweiler

“Winning the International Woolmark Prize gives us the opportunity to share what we do with a much bigger, global audience,” said Cottweiler after the win. “But for us, the great part of this was the opportunity to work with a different material – Merino wool – because we’re always interested in experimenting with technology and development.”

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The judging panel included Victoria Beckham (front)