Harman Grubiša, designed by Whitecliffe Fashion Design Graduates Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubiša, has been announced as regional winners of the Australian/New Zealand International Woolmark Prize 2017/18 - womenswear category.
The International Woolmark Prize describes the award “celebrates outstanding fashion talents from around the globe who showcase beauty and versatility of Merino wool. It is the world’s most prestigious award for rising fashion stars. First held in 1953 as an initiative of the International Wool Secretariat, the award was won the following year by iconic fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent.”
The judging panel included Gabriela Hearst - Fashion Designer, 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize womenswear winner; Kellie Hush - Editor in Chief, Harper’s Bazaar Australia; Damian Burke - General Manager Womenswear, David Jones; Nicole Warne - Founder, Garry Pepper Girl; Jeremy Hershan - Head of Design, R.M. Williams; Kim Payne - Fashion Director, Men’s Style; and Stuart McCullough - Managing Director, The Woolmark Company.
Jessica and Madeleine established their fashion label and flagship Ponsonby store Harman Grubiša in 2014. The designers opened New Zealand Fashion Week in 2016 as the Mercedes Benz presents accolade and were also nominated for the International Woolmark Prize in 2016/17. They commented on their win, “It’s a real honour to even be nominated and included and we just feel extremely privileged that Woolmark exists. It encourages designers to think about the material they use and to be part of that journey is so wonderful.”
The Woolmark Prize 2017 includes prize money of AU$70,000, mentoring support from experts around the globe and Harman Grubiša were also granted a Woolmark licence. Madeleine and Jessica will now go on to compete in the Woolmark Prize global finals in Paris in early 2018.
For more information about the prize, please visit the Woolmark website.