Asia Judging Panel

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Meet the esteemed judges deciding which nominees will go on to represent Asia in the global finals for menswear and womenswear at the 2016 International Woolmark Prize
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CANDY LEE - Fashion Director, Vogue China

Candy Lee

Candy Lee is the Fashion Director of Vogue China, becoming the first Chinese native ever promoted to this position at Vogue. Based in Beijing, she more than 15 years of substantial media experience with a variety of publications has thorough knowledge of the fashion industry including design, trends, marketing, advertising, styling and merchandising.

Candy’s contributions to Vogue China put her in charge of the front cover styling for numerous international and Chinese celebrities and she has also taken part in special projects with a vast array of iconic fashion designers from both China and abroad.

CYRIL RAHON - Head Buyer, 10 Corso Como

Cyril Rahon

Cyril Rahon joined 10 Corso Como in June 2013. He is Head Buyer at 10 Corso Como and is in charge of overseeing all departments in both Shanghai and Beijing. He works closely with 10 Corso Como founder Carla Sozzani to hand pick an exclusive selection of fashion, design and beauty products. As he says “we have to create emotion, something sensitive”.

Cyril has nearly two decades of experience as a buyer having worked with some of the world’s most exclusive fashion brands. He spent 10 years at Galeries Lafayette focusing on selecting the most exciting items each season. He also worked at Printemps and Agnes B.

Cyril comes from France and is a graduate of the Ecole Superieure de Industries du Vetements in Paris. He is well known for having discovered some of today’s biggest designers, and has always been passionate about discovering and nurturing new talent.

LU YAN – Supermodel and Founder of Comme Moi

Ly Yan

The first Chinese model to have been recognised internationally, Lu Yan can boast a 16-year modelling stint, a record in China.

In 1999, the unconventional beauty was discovered by stylist Li Dong Tian and photographer Feng Hai. Fashion magazine covers and runway appearances followed. Lu Yan’s successful entry into the fashion industry has seen long-term relationships develop with international model agents from Paris, New York, Milan and Japan.

In 2009, Lu Yan was elected one of China’s top 10 most influential women in style and was also the only woman to be awarded a place in the top 10 fashion people on the occasion of China’s 60th anniversary.

In 2013, Lu Yan founded her own clothing brand, Comme Moi and known for its well-tailored and high-quality fabrics. In 2014, Comme Moi had its first Select Shop for its first SS collection. Within the next 12 months 30 stores in 15 cities were opened, including within Lane Crawford.

MELISSA GRACE – General Manager of Global Marketing & Communications, The Woolmark Company

Melissa Grace

Melissa Grace is currently the General Manager of Global Marketing & Communications for The Woolmark Company and a founding member of the Australian Fashion Chamber.

Melissa has played an instrumental role in the support of young design talent, locally and abroad, with her drive and development of the International Woolmark Prize since its inception in 2012.

Her background crosses the full gambit of the fashion industry across a period of 23 years since studying Textiles and Design at East Sydney Tech. She went on to work in design for a number of Australian labels including Marcs, Bracewell and Jigsaw before shifting across into retail marketing. She then went on to set up her own PR agency managing a number of emerging and established Australian designer labels.

In 2005 Melissa took on the role as Fashion Communications Manager for the Australian Wool Industry which led into her current role.

MICHAEL MOK - General Merchandise Manager, Joyce

Michael Mok is the General Merchandise Manager for fashion retailer Joyce. This role has Mok oversee all merchandising activities for Joyce in Hong Kong and China, across both menswear and womenswear.

Mok started his career as an Assistant Buyer for a department store in Hong Kong, where he was employed for two years. He then travelled to Australia to complete an MBA, returning to Hong Kong after graduation. He joined Joyce 10 years ago, working as a menswear buyer. In this time his role has evolved, allowing Mok to work with different brands and designers, from iconic international labels through to emerging designers, exploring and identifying labels to bring to the Hong Kong and Chinese market.

THOM BROWNE - Designer

Thom Browne

Thom Browne began his business with five suits and a small by-appointment-only shop in 2001 before introducing his ready-to-wear collection in 2003. In almost 15 years, his traditionally based hand-made suits have evolved into collections recognised by iconic museums across the world.

Browne’s innovations in tailoring have been identified as impacting the paradigm of men’s and women’s fashion. Thom Browne has been honoured the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award in 2006 and 2013, the GQ Designer of the Year in 2008 and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2012.

The Thom Browne collections for both men and women are available through Thom Browne stores in New York, Tokyo and Seoul, as well as at luxury designer specialty stores around the world.

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