India, Pakistan & Middle East Judging Panel

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

India, Pakistan and Middle East Judges Montage

ALISON TAY - Editor-in-Chief of Grazia Middle East, Grazia Arabia and Grazia Luxury

Alison Tay

Alison Tay has spent 15 years on fashion’s front row as a style journalist, international columnist, celebrity stylist, and TV and radio commentator on BBC, Sky News and CNN.

Known for her instinctive and intellectual approach to fashion, Alison’s manifesto as Editor-in-Chief of the Grazia Group is to bring energy, exclusivity and luxury to the Middle East.

“Celebrating and supporting the emerging talent who are putting the Middle East on the fashion map and representing us to the rest of the world is super-important to me and to Grazia, so I’m thrilled to play a part of shaping our fashion future as a judge for the International Woolmark Prize this year.”

BRIDGET COSGRAVE - Fashion and Buying Director, Boutique 1

Bridget Cosgrave

Bridget Cosgrave is the Fashion and Buying Director for Boutique 1, a luxury fashion retailer with stores in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Beirut and London, as well as www.Boutique1.com.

Housing an international portfolio of more than 250 of the most sought-after brands, Boutique 1 was established in the Middle East as the region’s leading multi-brand concept store, and has positioned itself as a fashion authority, renowned for its creative approach and pioneering spirit.

With a background in art and textile design, Bridget brings more than two decades’ of experience in the fashion and retail industry. She joined Boutique 1 in 2011 and is based in London.

CHE KURRIEN -  Editor-in-Chief, GQ India

Che Kurrien

Che Kurrien has been the Editor-in-Chief of GQ India since its inception in 2008.

Armed with a post-graduate degree in journalism from New York University, Che’s first published article appeared on the Op-Ed page of Newsday, one of the most widely-read newspapers in the United States. He has also served as a correspondent with the international news agency Reuters.

On moving back to India, Che worked at the The Indian Express and helped launch TimeOut Mumbai, where he was appointed Assistant Editor.

Che’s work has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post and Boston Globe, and he is married to actress Antara Mali.

Louise Nichol - Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia

Louise Nichol

Louise Nichol has 15 years’ experience as a fashion journalist, and has lived in the UAE for the past decade, working as Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and previously Grazia Middle East. Throughout her career she has interviewed designers including Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, Donatella Versace and Alber Elbaz; celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, Sarah Jessica Parker, Charlize Theron and Keira Knightley as well as retailers including Sir Philip Green and Sir Stuart Rose, giving Nichol a unique 360-degree view of the fashion industry.

Spearheading international fashion publications, Louise is passionate about launching and supporting regional talent, ensuring that Harper’s Bazaar Arabia is the essential platform for up-and-coming design talent in the Gulf.

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.

NEZ GEBREEL - Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Design and Fashion Council

Nez Gebreel

Nez Gebreel is the Chief Executive Officer for the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC), a not-for-profit organisation that aims to further the interests of Dubai’s fashion industry.

Prior to the Council, Nez spent seven years in charge of managing the strategic growth of David and Victoria Beckham’s individual and joint business and creative projects, including launching David Beckham’s Football Academy in London and Los Angeles and building the Victoria Beckham fashion collection.

Nez’s expertise in strategic development of global brands and commercially driven fashion, entertainment and media-related business projects is central to her role at DDFC. She is highly creative with experience in intellectual property concept creation and business strategy development, both in-house for established companies and as well as start-up environments.

In addition, her experience in working internationally, specifically in Western and Arabic cultures, makes her ideally positioned to enable the council to achieve its objectives of establishing Dubai as the global hub for emerging design.

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 produces an annual collaborative journal The Collective - a cross-disciplinary publication in which he explores the intersection of art and fashion in a photographical series interwoven with insightful essays.

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).

Osman’s fan base has expanded to include A-list celebrities and the label boasts international stockists ranging from Matchesfashion.com to Harvey Nichols International.

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