Nominees in the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize have been announced – here’s a look at the menswear nominees from our region.
The International Woolmark Prize has become one of the most prestigious in fashion since re-launching in 2012, supported the careers of designers from around the world, many of whom have gone on to build internationally successful businesses.
The nominees for the 2016/17 award have recently been announced. Australia/New Zealand menswear nominees comprise a diverse and fascinatign new crop which includes:
AMXANDER: A contemporary menswear label based in Melbourne, Australia. Founded by Jason Alexander Pang, AMXANDER debuted in 2013 with a collection that garnered attention for its intricate take on print and luxe sweatshirts.
Chris Ran Lin: An RMIT Fashion Design graduate who launched his menswear label in 2013, championing the unlimited potential of the knitted garment. At its core, the brand’s sensibility is reflected in its quality and craftsmanship. His experiments are brave and highly exploratory, bringing old-school tailoring techniques married with traditional craftsmanship.
EXINFINITAS: The brand of Lukas Vincent, who has worked as a designer and fashion consultant here and overseas. Now residing in New York City, Vincent combines his Australian heritage and a distinctly romantic Parisian sensibility, examining the relationship between the organic and synthetic, the physical and non-material, leading to potential new and unique interactions between them.
SHHORN: Self-taught designer Sean Tran experiments in handcrafting and an exploration of materials through highly sculptural works focussed on shape and construction, and amplifying the natural characteristics of the chosen material. His approach to design is directed by the industrious drawing and re-drawing of what already exists.
See more at www.woolmarkprize.com