cottweiler and faustine steinmetz win the woolmark prize
The London-based designers claimed the awards for the British Isles region, and will go on to compete for the prestigious international prize.
London-based sports-futurism visionaries Cottweiler and the sustainability-conscious designer of shredded and painted denim Faustine Steinmetz have won the menswear and womenswear awards, respectively, for the British Isles leg of the prestigious International Woolmark Prize. The designers -- who are also both 2016 NEWGEN recipients -- will receive AU$50,000 (around £28,600), mentoring from a panel of global experts, and they have also been granted a Woolmark licence.
"It's a real honour for us to be able to take our classic look and reimagine it for the prize," Cottweiler designers Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty comment. "The technical properties of the natural Merino wool allow the garment to be windproof, waterproof and breathable -- and all of this in the Cottweiler style." Judge Gordon Richardson notes that, "Cottweiler are a young brand but they understand what's happening in menswear now. They have youthful content and were very clever with how they transformed wool in the sportswear arena. That's something you don't usually see and the collection was something you want to wear right now. That's the real skill of a designer -- they are definitely in the moment."
Faustine Steinmetz responded to the announcement, saying, "It feels so startling to have won and I'm really happy! Wool is the most versatile material and I'm excited to develop this collection for the international final." Designer and judge Roksanda Ilincic notes that, "Faustine showed incredible creativity and an almost couture-like technique with her approach to the look and the wool fibre," adding that, "There was scalability from something that was more artistic and experimental to something that is commercial, which was one of the great points of her collection".
Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Jason Lloyd Evans