Alber Elbaz to judge International Woolmark Prize European section

13 June 2012

Alber Elbaz, artistic director of the Lanvin House, will judge the European regional award for the International Woolmark Prize on 12 July 2012 at The Hospital Club, Covent Garden, London.

Alber Elbaz of Lanvin House
Alber Elbaz of Lanvin House will be on the judging panel for the European section of the International Woolmark Prize.

Mr Elbaz will be joined on the judging panel by:

  • Alexandra Shulman (British Vogue) 
  • Christiane Arp (Vogue Germany) 
  • Dean and Dan Caten (Designers, Dsquared2) 
  • Giles Deacon (Designer) 
  • Tim Blanks (Editor-at-Large,

This illustrious panel of global experts will review and select from 19 nominees from across Europe to a regional representative to attend the global award to be held during London Fashion Week in February 2013 where they will meet with other finalists from China, US, India and Australia.

Nominated designers for the European region are:

  • Andrea Incontri (Italy)     
  • JW Anderson (United Kingdom)
  • Andrea Pompilio (Italy)    
  • Maria Barros (Spain)
  • Anthony Vaccarello (France)    
  • Michael Sontag (Germany)
  • Christian Wijnants (Belgium)    
  • CO|TE (Italy)
  • Moises Nieto (Spain)     
  • Nina Skarra (Norway)
  • Hana Zarubova (Czech Republic)   
  • House of Dagmar (Sweden)
  • Niyazi Erdogan (Turkey)    
  • Olympia Le Tan (France)
  • Ipek Arnas (Turkey)     
  • Rene Storck (Germany)
  • James Long (United Kingdom)    
  • Zdenka Imreczeova (Czech Republic)
  • Jan Taminiau (Netherlands)

Each of the designers are required to present sketches of a Merino wool capsule collection comprising six outfits, and to produce one full outfit.

The finalist/s from Europe will win US$50,000 and will be invited to attend the final event in London.

The winner of that international final will receive a further A$100,000 to assist in underwriting their next fashion show. In addition, the international winner will have their collection commercialised through key international retail partners including Harvey Nichols in the UK, Joyce in China, EICKHOFF Koenigsallee in Germany, Bergdorf Goodman in the USA and David Jones in Australia.

The Australian wool industry has supported multiple designer programs dating back to the renowned International Wool Secretariat (IWS) design award of the 1950s which aided in the establishment of two relatively unknown designers at the time in Paris - Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld.

More recently, in 2007, the Protégé program aligned some of the world’s most established and respected designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Donatella Versace with young protégés of their choice, the purpose being to foster emerging talent. With the benefit of over more than 60 years of design award experience, The Woolmark Prize has now been reinvented for a new generation with the aim to highlight the beauty of the Merino wool fibre in the hands of the world’s finest designers.

The Woolmark Company recognises the support of international fashion councils by nominating the designers. In the European region, these include: British Fashion Council, Czech Grand Designs, Flanders Fashion Institute, Istanbul Fashion Week, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid, Oslo Fashion Week, Premsela: The Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion and Stockholm Fashion Week. We have also received support from Vogue Paris and Vogue Italy. Internationally we thank the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Vogue Australia, Vogue China and Vogue India for their support in this endeavour.

Alber Elbaz profile

Alber Elbaz was raised in Israel, where he graduated from Shenkar College, the Tel Aviv School of Fashion and Textiles. He then trained in New York, where for seven years (from 1989 to 1996) he was the right-hand man of Geoffrey Beene, the High Society American couturier. In September 1996, his elegant schooling was to hold him in good stead when he took over as head Prêt-à-Porter designer for Guy Laroche until 1998. He successfully produced collections there from Autumn-Winter 1997 to Spring 1999.

On 2nd November 2, 1998, he took over from Yves Saint-Laurent as artistic director for the Yves Saint-Laurent Rive Gauche collections until 2000. His Autumn-Winter 1999, Spring-Summer 2000 and Autumn-Winter 2000 collections managed to perpetuate a style and successfully marry the past and the future.

His work and talent have been recognized throughout the world. He has received many awards, notably:

  • International Fashion Award given by the CFDA in New York (USA) in June 2005
  • Nominated Knight of the Légion d’Honneur within the National Order by the discretion of the President of the French Republic in April 2006
  • New York, September 5th 5, 2007, Alber Elbaz received the prestigious award“Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion” at the “Fashion Institute of Technology” 
  • New York, October 25th 25, 2007: Alber Elbaz received an award at “The Fashion Group International's 24th Annual”
  • Paris, November 20th 20, 2009, Alber Elbaz was awarded the coveted Grande Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris
  • 2012 celebrates 10 years of creation by Alber Elbaz at Lanvin.

Alber has been selected to be on the TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world for 2007.

Open, sincere, intuitive and sparkling, he has a taste for the unforeseen and rises to challenges. For Lanvin, he recommends an urban elegance where emotion and optimism kindle desire. He reconciles modernity and femininity, technique and originality, sensuality and creativity.

For further information, interview or images please contact:

Kara Hurry
t. + 44 (0) 207 845 5890

Melissa Grace    
t. +61 (0) 2 8295 3127