Sophie Theallet was announced as the USA winner of the International Woolmark Prize, a new initiative by the Woolmark Company aimed at promoting emerging international design talent from around the world.
Theallet, who was also awarded the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2009 and has previously worked under designers such as Azzadine Alaia and Jean Paul Gautier, beat out competition from nine other American designers for the award, which includes a $100,000 grant and the opportunity to design a capsule collection made entirely of Australian Marino wool.
She’ll now travel to London Fashion Week in February, where her designs will be judged alongside winners from Europe, Australia, India and China. If successful, she will collect an additional $100,000 grant to go towards her next fashion show and also see her new collection stocked in leading retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman in New York, Harvey Nichols in London, and 10 Corso Como in Milan.
“CFDA is proud to partner with Woolmark in giving an American designer this important opportunity,” said CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, who judged the competition along with leading industry names such as Narciso Rodriguez and T Magazine editor-in-chief Sally Singer. “Not to mention share the innovation and creativity that defines us as an important market in global fashion.”