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19th February 2018, Sydney

Matthew Miller wins Woolmark Prize for menswear

Matthew Miller has become the menswear winner of the 2017/2018 International Woolmark Prize, presented at a special event during Pitti Uomo at Stazione Leopolda in Florence. For Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Emanuele Farneti, Matthew Miller presented a well-balanced collection, with attractive price points. “He showed a good combination between innovation, commercial viability and pieces which will be worn by men on the street,” said the jury.

Inspired by designer and philosopher Dieter Rams, British designer Matthew Miller took the idea form follows function to add multifunctional elements for different environments, such as the addition of the garment belt system, which acts as a way to turn the garment into an accessory in warmer climates.

Matthew Miller presented a well-balanced collection with attractive price points. © The Woolmark Company/ Matthew Miller

Miller treated wool in a variety of ways, including innovative treatments to create water resistant fabrics and has erased the need for plastic fastenings by using recycled material, such as waste marble. Using Australian Merino wool ranging from 17.5 to 20.5 microns, the Matthew Miller multi-layered collection reflects the label's design philosophy, developing the inherent character of each piece. “Winning this award is amazing, it’s a dream come true,” said Matthew Miller. “To be listed alongside the previous winners of this prize is next level.”

Design and innovation

The award was judged by a highly esteemed panel, including Amber Valletta, Elizabeth Von Guttman, Emanuele Farneti, Julie Davies, Livia Firth, Liya Kebede, Miroslava Duma, Nonita Kalra, Phillip Lim, Riccardo Vannetti, Sarah Mower and Stuart McCullough along with representatives from the International Woolmark Prize retail partner network.

The event also saw womenswear winner Bodice and Innovation Award winner DYNE awarded for their wool-rich collections. “Today we saw the world’s best emerging designers present a true celebration of fashion design and innovation, as they shone the spotlight on Australian Merino wool,” said The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough.

Miller treated wool in a variety of ways, including innovative treatments to create water resistant fabrics. © The Woolmark Company/ Matthew Miller

“Each year, the competition has been fierce and this year was no different. I would also like to commend the mills and spinners who supplied the labels with luxury fabrics and yarns and assisted in the development of innovative fabrications.”

Industry support

More than 65 designers from more than 60 countries were nominated for this year’s award, with finalists representing six different regions around the world. The global finalists were SixLee and KYE (Asia), Blair Archibald and Harman Grubiša (Australia & New Zealand), Matthew Miller and Le Kilt (British Isles), L'Homme Rouge and David Laport (Europe), Antar-Agni and Bodice (Indian Subcontinent and Middle East) and DYNE and Zaid Affas (USA).

Both Matthew Miller and Bodice will each receive AU$ 200,000 to help support the development of their business. They will also receive ongoing industry mentor support, Woolmark certification for their winning collection and the opportunity to be stocked in some of the world’s most prestigious department stores and boutiques, including Boutique 1, Boon The Shop, David Jones, Harvey Nichols, Hudson's Bay, Lane Crawford, LECLAIREUR, mytheresa.com, ORDRE, Parlour X, Ssense.com, Sugar, Takashimaya and Tata CLiQ Luxury. DYNE will receive $100,000 along with commercial opportunities.

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