Fashion, films, and Solange — what more could we ask for? Sign us up! To celebrate and honor this year’s Woolmark Prize finalists, Solange wrote and created “Passage,” a short film directed by Wu Tsang as one of the first pieces from her recently expanded creative agency, Saint Heron. The Woolmark Prize celebrates fashion talent around the world who showcase the versatility of Australian Merino wool.
Of course, the film features the six prize finalists this year: Bethany Williams, Casablanca, Kenneth Ize, LECAVALIER, Matty Bovan, and Thebe Magugu. Stylist Ib Kamara dressed Dionne Warwick, Pose actor Dominique Jackson, rapper SahBabii, soul musician Jo, and singer-songwriter KeiyaA in the finalists’ creations for the six-minute film. They show off the different looks to an original score by Standing on the Corner.
“Passage” aims to empower the collections’ voices while exploring sustainability, the various stages of creation, and the expressions of each designer.
“Whether it be through album artwork, stage design, or filmmaking, I’ve always sought to create new visual languages that encompass the expressions my other works cannot communicate,” Solange said. “To reflect on and honor the creative process with the 2021 International Woolmark Prize finalists, ‘Passage’ aligns with Saint Heron’s mission to reverence creation as life, from abstraction to being.”
This year, the finalists will present a Merino wool collection focused on sustainability and transparency throughout the supply chain. The theme of “less is more” will celebrate slow and responsibly produced fashion and craftsmanship as the fashion industry continues to evolve into a more circular and sustainable entity.
There are three prizes this year: The International Woolmark Prize, the Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation, and the newly introduced Woolmark Supply Chain Award. One finalist will be awarded the International Woolmark Prize and AU0,000 to invest in the development of their business. The winner of the Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation will receive AU0,000. Lastly, the Woolmark Supply Chain Award will be given to a trade partner for outstanding contribution to drive awareness for wool supply chain innovation.
The Woolmark Prize was first introduced in the 1950s as part of the International Wool Secretariat’s efforts to promote wool to the global market and show the adaptability of wool in design. The IWS initially brought together woolmakers in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa with the goal of increasing demand for wool, but the Woolmark Prize has since become a launching pad for young creatives. Valentino Garavani was one of the prize’s first winners, and other winners have included Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, and Gabriela Hearst. Last year’s winner was Emily Bode.
Judges of the prize have included the biggest names in fashion, from Pierre Balmain to Hubert de Givenchy to Donatella Versace. This year, CR’s very own Carine is one of the judges alongside several other authorities in fashion, including Thom Browne, Sinéad Burke, and Tim Blanks.
The winner of the International Woolmark Prize will be announced June 10, 2021. All finalists will have the opportunity to be stocked in leading stores around the world.END
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