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Meet the esteemed judges deciding which nominees will go on to represent Australia in the global finals for menswear and womenswear at the 2016 International Woolmark Prize

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DEBORAH FOREMAN - General Manager Menswear, David Jones

Deborah Foreman

Deborah Foreman joined David Jones 14 years ago, direct from the dynamic retail market in the United Kingdom where she held senior buying positions for over a decade with globally renowned brands such as Next, Storehouse group, Moss Bros and Arcadia.

Bringing her international credentials to Australia, Deborah initially held the position in David Jones of a David Jones Buyer, Menswear. In April 2003, Deborah was appointed General Manager, Cosmetics, and then in 2004 was appointed General Manager Men’s Apparel. Following this appointment, in February 2007, Deborah was promoted to General Manager Menswear which saw Deborah’s accountability extend to all men’s apparel and accessories within David Jones – including swimwear, accessories, sportswear, young fashion, denim and Australian and import designer collections.

Further cementing Deborah as a key asset to David Jones, in 2012, Deborah’s role saw an increased scope as she was additionally appointed to the role of General Manager – Childrenswear.

During her time at David Jones, Deborah has been integral in establishing David Jones as Australia’s leading destination for men’s careerwear, international fashion, sportswear and denim as well as being instrumental in strengthening the presence of international brands in the market place.

EDWINA MCCANN - Editor in-chief, Vogue Australia

Edwina McCann

Edwina McCann is the editor-in-chief of the number one prestige fashion brand Vogue Australia. It was here she started her career 20 years ago and spent six years with the high profile brand.

Since then, Ms McCann has worked for The Australian and Weekend Australian newspapers, Grazia and spent three years as editor-in-chief at Harper’s BAZAAR before taking up the reigns at Vogue across print and digital platforms.

“I started my career at Vogue and was thrilled to return to work for the world’s most powerful fashion media brand. The opportunities for this formidable brand online and in a social media landscape are endless and our future is very bright indeed.”

KELLIE HUSH - Editor in-chief, Harper’s Bazaar

Kellie Hush

Kellie Hush is editor-in-chief of Harper’s BAZAAR Australia – a position she has held since July 2012.

Before joining BAZAAR, Ms Hush was the editor-in-chief of GRAZIA Australia. It was here she launched an exclusive fashion collection with Target Australia, which grew from a single one-off capsule collection to six ranges.

Before taking on the editorship of GRAZIA, Ms Hush was the fashion editor for the Sydney Morning Herald for four years where she launched the online web series Essential Fashion and the broadsheet style section Essential Style.

In 2008 she published her first non-fiction book ‘My Body After Baby’ and she also is a regular fashion commentator on television, radio and in print media.

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.

MITCHELL OAKLEY SMITH - Journalist

Mitchell Oaskley Smith

Mitchell Oakley Smith is a journalist, editor, author and curator. He has written for Architectural Digest, ARTAND, Art Monthly, Belle, CNN Style, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, The Australian, Wish and Vogue Living, and edits and publishes biannual men's fashion magazine Manuscript.

He is the author of three books, including Art/Fashion in the 21st Century, which has been published in four languages, and served as associate curator on the exhibition Fashion Icons: Masterpieces from the Musee des Arts Decoratifs.

OSMAN YOUSEFZADA - Designer

Osman Yousefzada

Osman, the eponymous label from London-based Osman Yousefzada, made its debut in 2008. Deeply rooted in the creative worlds of both art and fashion, Osman’s unique architectural aesthetic and strong, sculptural designs both flatter and celebrate the woman’s body, qualities which have established the designer as one of London’s most exciting talents. Yousefzada was immersed into this world from a young age due to his mothers couture dressmaking business, and then went on to graduate from Central Saint Martins.

In February 2008, Yousefzada showed his collection for the first time at London Fashion Week and was awarded the prestigious Newgen award sponsored by Topshop for three seasons. Osman was shortlisted for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund in 2011, 2013 and 2015, and most recently has been shortlisted for a Frieze Art Award (2014). Yousefzada presented his first resort collection in New York for the first time in June 2014.

Most recently, Osman’s fan base has expanded to include Beyoncé, Kristen Stewart, Emily Blunt, Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, Mary-Kate Olsen and Helen Mirren. Osman boasts international stockists ranging from Matchesfashion.com to Harvey Nichols International. Yousefzada’s company continues to grow and develop with exciting commercial partnerships with global businesses.

Yousefzada produces an annual collaborative journal The Collective – a cross-disciplinary publication in which he draws on his own circle of fellow artists, writers and creatives to explore the intersection of art and fashion in a photographical series interwoven with insightful essays.

SOPHIE CLARK - Womenswear General Manager, David Jones

Sophie Clark

Sophie Clark is one of Australia’s most influential figures in fashion, playing a pivotal role in shaping Australia’s oldest and most iconic department store into one of the world’s most stylish and exciting shopping destinations.

Ms Clark joined David Jones more than 12 years ago and during this time has built an unprecedented reputation as a key driving force behind David Jones.

She has an innate understanding of what the Australian consumer wants and under her vision this important portfolio of the David Jones business has seen significant growth, expansion and re-invigoration.

Ms Clark is now responsible for a team of 30 staff and travels seasonally to Europe, the UK and US markets as part of her role in ensuring David Jones is at the forefront of international retailing.

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