What the fashion prize judges really think

Diane von Furstenberg, Victoria Beckham and Donatella Versace talk turkey

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Any fashion design competition is only as good as those who call the shots - and the A-list judging panel of the International Woolmark Prize (IWP) represent the pinnacle of the international fashion industry.



Captured at the 2012/13 International Woolmark Prize finale at London Fashion Week, the star panel share their thoughts on this year’s events for the camera.

Fashion designers Diane von Furstenberg, Victoria Beckham and Donatella Versace joined Vogue Italia Franca Sozzani, Joyce and Lane Crawford president Andrew Keith, Harvey Nichols group fashion director Paula Reed and Style.com Editor-at-Large Tim Blanks front row and backstage for the culmination of the competition.

Running for the best part of the year, the 2012/13 IWP has searched every corner of the globe for a rising star in the fashion world, with Australia’s Dion Lee, China’s Ban Xiao Xue, Europe’s Christian Wijnants, Pankaj & Nidhi from India, Japan’s DRESSEDUNDRESSED and Sophie Theallet from the USA representing their respective regions in the final runway showcase.

“I think that Woolmark are doing a wonderful thing supporting young designers,” Beckham says. “And not just from Britain or Europe, this is a whole world, we’ve got people from Australia, China, Japan, and that’s great, you treat the world as one.”

Tasked with taking wool into the future, the finalists each brought a unique aesthetic and cultural perspective to their capsule collections, however, it was Wijnants - adopting classic hand looming and Japanese hand dying techniques - who took home the prize.

“Christian used the wool in such a modern way, contemporary way, wearable way,” Sozzani says.

And while Wijnants is officially crowned the future of wool, the video offers a glimpse of the past with extraordinary footage from the IWP’s illustrious history, including a young Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld competing for glory way back in 1954.

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