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      news Roisin Lanigan 13 July 2017

      the british winners of woolmark prize have been announced

      Matthew Miller and Le Kilt have taken home $70,000 and the prestigious fashion prize.

      the british winners of woolmark prize have been announced the british winners of woolmark prize have been announced the british winners of woolmark prize have been announced
      le kilt (left) and matthew miller (right)

      British designers Matthew Miller and Le Kilt were announced today as winners of the 2017/18 International Woolmark Prize British Isles regional finals, in menswear and womenswear respectively.

      Judged by a panel including Emilia Wickstead, Daniel Kearns, Anita Bar, Candis Fragis and Jason Basmajian, the winners fought off tough competition. Jason Basmajian explained: "Today, judging the Woolmark Prize, there was so much innovation and creativity, it was a real celebration of talent. They were all winners for different reasons but Matthew showed true passion producing a look that is luxurious but still cool."

      Sam McCoah of Le Kilt

      Matthew Miller presented a modern take on tailoring with a double breasted tuxedo paired with a raincoat, while Samantha McCoach presented a wool-denim look which incorporated intricate detailing and a contemporary take on Scottish identity. "Sam brought back the tradition of her Scottish heritage in a more modern way," Anita Barr said. "She inspired us with her story, we believe she'll go on to do great things."

      The winners were both awarded AU$70,000 and the opportunity to compete in the prestigious international final. For the next six months they'll design a capsule collection using Merino wool to be showcased at the international event, where the eventual global winner will be awarded a further AU$200,000.

      "The Prize has given me an opportunity to look at wool in a new way. The challenge was that working with wool comes naturally to me, it's at the heart of my brand but I wanted to do something new which is why I looked at innovations in Wool denim," Samantha McCoach of Le Kilt stated.

      Established in 1953 -- when the winners were Yves Saint Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld -- the Woolmark prize is renowned for supporting emerging and up and coming young designers, giving them a start in a fiercely competitive industry. 

      Matthew Miller


      Text Roisin Lanigan

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