Sydney designer Jordan Dalah is one of the 2022 International Woolmark Prize finalists.

Seven of the world’s most promising emerging design talents have been shortlisted for the 2022 International Woolmark Prize, including one from Australia.

The finalists are Australian designer Jordan Dalah, Ahluwalia and Saul Nash, both from the UK, EGONLAB from France, MMUSOMAXWELL from South Africa, Peter Do from the US and Rui from China.

In July 2021, hundreds of entries were reviewed by a esteemed panel of industry members and The Woolmark Company to select the seven finalists.

AWI CEO John Roberts said the company was “thrilled to introduce the next generation of creative game changers to participate in the 2022 International Woolmark Prize.”

“As the price continues to evolve, our goal is to help designers think beyond today, by showcasing the innovation, versatility and durability of merino wool and showcasing its basis of new technologies to meet the demanding needs of tomorrow’s customers, ”he said.

Each finalist will receive a grant of $ 60,000 towards the development of a merino wool collection and will be supported by the program’s education and mentoring initiative, the Innovation Academy.

The seven finalists will present a merino wool collection for Fall / Winter 2022 emphasizing transparency throughout their supply chain and, alongside partner Common Objective, will establish a development roadmap sustainable with the winners to be announced in April 2022.

One finalist will receive the International Woolmark Prize, valued at $ 200,000, while another will receive the Karl Lagerfeld Prize for Innovation of $ 100,000 to be awarded to another finalist, with the winner receiving $ 100,000.

The Woolmark Supply Chain Award will also be presented, celebrating the exceptional contribution of a business partner in driving innovation in the wool supply chain.

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Sydney-based womenswear designer Jordan Dalah is the first Australian to be shortlisted for the Woolmark Prize in three years.

Dalah said that since his fashion debut as a student at Central Saint Martins, he has always followed the Woolmark Prize.

“This year I was right to apply for the Woolmark Award because I think over the last couple of years I’ve really focused on my brand and my vision for it having an identity and a really strong point of view, ”he said. .

“Now that I’ve managed to build her strong, bold aesthetic without compromise, and have managed to strike the perfect balance between her commerciality and her undertones, I feel like an opportunity like the International Woolmark Award is something that I am ready to grab. ”

Dalah said he found working with merino wool jersey “an absolute joy”.

“Because it’s a natural fiber, it feels and looks different from other jerseys,” he said.

“It contains fine spots of natural chewing which gives it character and also takes color and dye very well.

“Using merino wool jersey sometimes feels like you’re cheating because the fabric does a lot of the work for you.

“It’s a pleasure to work with fabrics like merino wool that enhance my clothes.

Dalah uses merino wool to make all of his more intricate leggings, stockings and underwear, which he says enhances the entire collection.

“One of the main reasons I use merino wool in the Spring / Summer and Fall / Winter collections is its ability to regulate body temperature,” he said.

“It adapts to cooler weather by keeping you warm and insulated while still being breathable for air circulation in warmer months.

“The amount of merino wool and its thickness determine whether it is used for spring-summer or fall-winter collections, but the breathability makes it very popular in my collections.”

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