Dion Lee Takes Home The Woolmark Prize!

On Monday night we were treated to a sumptuous dinner and drinks hosted by Vogue and Woolmark to celebrate the unveiling of this year’s Woolmark prize winner, which was revealed to be Sydney-based wunderkind Dion Lee.

The award has held international prestige since the 60’s and has seen winners like Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent in the past- a testament to the caliber of the designers who were under scrutiny this year.

The designer wins $50,000 towards their next collection as well their chance to present their collection in the international Woolmark Prize final which sees designers from Europe, America, China and India as well as Australia duke it out for the top honour.

Lee’s winning design was an innovative and spectacular display of craftsmanship, a beautiful coat with intricate weaving and twist detail that had an almost reptilian edge.

Edwina McCann announced at the dinner that Lee was chosen for the top spot because “Australians really like to win, and we really think that [Lee] can do this for us”. We could not agree more.

Special mention to the five other, very talented designers who were in the running- Ellery, Christopher Esber, Magdalena Velevska, Song For The Mute and Carl Kapp.

Each of the nominees produced a short fashion film to accompany the pieces which were a highlight of the evening.

Check out our favourite of the fashion films below or head here to view them all.

 

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32 Comments

  • Reply thugsy Sunday 22nd July, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Great work
    Well deserved

  • Reply doogs Sunday 22nd July, 2012 at 8:25 am

    very nice 🙂

  • Reply bardie Sunday 22nd July, 2012 at 8:22 am

    well done

  • Reply jarjar Sunday 22nd July, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Congrats

  • Reply KNY Saturday 21st July, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Well deserved, I love his clothes!

  • Discomilk
    Reply Discomilk Saturday 21st July, 2012 at 8:59 am

    interesting designs, quite creative.

  • Reply adnrew Friday 20th July, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Nice

  • Luci
    Reply Luci Thursday 19th July, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Love the videos

  • Reply Jenna Thursday 19th July, 2012 at 8:25 am

    good on them

  • Fashionista8P
    Reply Fashionista8P Thursday 19th July, 2012 at 7:54 am

    cool!

  • Reply sappheire Thursday 19th July, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Dion Lee is so deserving of this prize

  • Reply srslyalex Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I actually really like the coats!

  • Reply jreilly Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    hes amazing

  • Reply Xiaxiao Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    🙂

  • Reply maggielyly Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    cool!

  • Reply paperplane__x Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    congrats

  • Reply MsKimo Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    The jackets are a bit bulky. Not great for our winters but would be good elsewhere

  • Reply cindyhu_1234 Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    awesome!

  • kelgri
    Reply kelgri Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    videos are great actually seen them on sunrise yesterday morning 🙂

  • Reply Lovely65 Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    love the videos

  • smurfette
    Reply smurfette Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Love his work

  • Reply stels Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    cute

  • Reply Whatthe Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Gorgeous, long lasting quality & style

  • violetflower61230
    Reply violetflower61230 Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    He definitely deserved it

    • Reply stels Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      fair point

  • Reply Tashie Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Love his work!

    • Reply stels Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      me tooooo

  • Reply vikki18 Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 11:34 am

    nice videos

  • Reply Cinthia Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 11:21 am

    yea jackets arent that great

  • Reply fifi73 Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Love the mandarin dress, stunning!

  • Reply Ange Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 11:06 am

    not a fan of the jackets

  • Reply Senorita Wednesday 18th July, 2012 at 10:34 am

    love the videos

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