Richard Malone has been announced as the winner of the 2020 International Woolmark Prize.
The Irish fashion designer claimed the prestigious title during the final, which took place in London this week. A judging panel of fashion industry heavyweights, including the designer Kim Jones, the editor Edward Enninful OBE and the writer Sinead Burke, assessed the 10 finalists' collections to select an eventual recipient for the AU$200,000 prize money. Emily Adams Bode (of the label 'Bode') also took home AU$100,000, after winning the inaugural 'Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation'.
"Winning the Woolmark Prize is completely unexpected," said Malone, according to an article posted to the International Woolmark Prize website. "It means we can continue working with this supply chain and share our learning with other brands and designers. It also opens up the dialogue of fashion so more people can be part of it. Thank you to Australia's woolgrowers for growing this incredible fibre."
"I'm really excited that this is the first Karl Lagerfeld Innovation Award," added Adams Bode. "He's been such an idol and inspiration for me. I'm also really excited to build on all the relationships I have made during my Woolmark Prize journey."
While Malone presented a sustainably-minded collection that incorporated organic and plant-based dyes and conscious fibres, Bode's collection included overcoats and suits made using reclaimed and remade equine show blankets, and pieces crafted from deadstock fabrics.
For more information, see https://www.woolmarkprize.com/