Indian designer Suket Dhir has won this year’s International Woolmark Prize for menswear.
Suket Dhir’s capsule collection of relaxed-fit trousers and tailored jackets shows how fibrous wool can be transformed into smooth, silk-like yarn.
His was one of six merino wool collections to reach the final, held during Pitti Uomo in Florence on Wednesday (January 13). Among the six were UK designers Agi & Sam.
The panel of judges included designer Haider Ackermann, Vogue international editor Suzy Menkes, Pitti Uomo chief executive Raffaello Napoleone and The Woolmark Company’s managing director Stuart McCullough.
Representatives from the International Woolmark Prize’s retail partners also served on the panel, including Matchesfashion.com style director, Simon Chilvers.
“The entrants continue to surprise and inspire with their creative approach to wool in menswear, highlighting the fibre’s adaptability and suitability for modern interpretation,” said McCullough. “I can’t remember a competition that was closer than this one, today.”
Suket Dhir wins AUD$100,000 (£48,130) to help support the development of his business, ongoing industry mentor support and the presentation and sale of his capsule collection in a selection of department stores and boutiques, including Matchesfashion.com and Saks Fifth Avenue.
The International Woolmark Prize is an annual award celebrating emerging womenswear and menswear designers.
Regional awards are held in six regions: Asia, Australia, the UK, Europe, India, Pakistan, the Middle East and the US. For the menswear prize, six finalists were chosen from 70 nominees.