India: Designer Rahul Mishra bags International Woolmark Prize in regional final


Rahul Mishra, who won the regional final for the International Woolmark Prize is known for his contribution to Indian handlooms and working with the Indian craft community through sustainable design interventions.

At an event in Delhi on July 25, the Acting Australian High Commissioner to India, Bernard Philip, congratulated Mishra on his win and said, "The strong showing of Indian designers represented in the International Woolmark Prize regional finals is a testament to the creativity and professionalism of the next generation of the Indian fashion industry."

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The young designer won a cash prize of Aus$ 50,000 to stage a fashion show at an international fashion week of his choice.

"Australia is the world's leading wool producer and Australian Merino wool is recognized for its high quality and its environmental credentials. The International Woolmark Prize has become a globally-recognized award for emerging designers and provides a chance to demonstrate their creativity, develop their career and increase their international profile," added Bernard Philip.

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Rahul will also represent the region at the International Woolmark Prize global final where he will compete with other young designers for cash prize of Aus$ 100,000 and the opportunity to commercialize business through a series of international retailer partners aligned to the award. The competition draws on the best talent from across the globe and finals will be held at Milan Fashion week in February 2014.

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