Held in the Milk Studios Penthouse overlooking the beautiful sunset along the Hudson River, The Woolmark Company announced the winners of the U.S. regional competition for the International Woolmark Prize in the menswear and womenswear divisions. The coveted prize was awarded to Siki Im (menswear) and Tanya Taylor (womenswear). They will each be given a cash scholarship of $40,308, which will go toward their next collections, as well as the opportunity to compete in the international finals next year.
The International Woolmark Prize is a prestigious award that’s given to emerging fashion labels that not only show tremendous promise, but also create an innovative look using solely Australian Merino wool. The regional competitions are held all around the world with designers from Asia, Australia, British Isles, Europe, Dubai and USA competing, and include a judges’ panel of high profile industry fashion leaders. Im and Taylor will compete alongside twelve designers for the grand prize of $80,632, which will go toward fabric sourcing and the marketing of their collections. The winner of the menswear division will be announced in Florence, Italy, in January coinciding with Pitti Uomo, and the womenswear division will be announced in New York City in February during NYFW.
Im is a German-born designer that aims to reinvent traditional menswear tailoring. The Oxford University graduate fuses his study of architecture with his background in modern tailoring, often playing with volume, structure, tailoring and symmetry in his collections. When Im moved to New York City in 2001, he worked as the Senior Designer for Helmut Lang and Karl Lagerfeld, who won the International Woolmark Prize in 1954.
After graduating with a degree in finance at McGill University, Taylor decided to attend a summer fashion course at Central Saint Martins, which continued into the AAS Fashion Studies program at The Parsons New School of Design. The Canadian-born womenswear designer who launched her first collection in 2012, integrates youthfulness, color and prints into simple feminine designs, all of which exhibits a great appreciation for the female form.