Congratulations, Marcia Patmos! The designer has won the 2015 Women's International Woolmark Prize, a prestigious honor that's bestowed upon incredible emerging talent. Regional competitions are held around the world in which entrants showcase their Merino wool capsule collection, judged by super high-profile industry insiders (InStyle’s own Ariel Foxman was a judge in the U.S. round).
For those who need a brief history lesson about the International Wool Prize (IWP): It launched in 1953, and in 1954 two then-unknown designers accepted prizes. Their names—Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent. Suffice it to say, an IWP win is beyond impressive.
Patmos was recognized for her terrific craftsmanship and her blend of forward sophistication and everyday wearability and of timelessness and modernity. "The International Woolmark Prize gives emerging talent from wherever they are an incredible opportunity," says Victoria Beckham, who served as one of the judges in the final round, which took place in Beijing. "I felt that Patmos embodied best what the IWP stands for. The collection was well executed and the concept interesting."
"Thank you to The Woolmark Company for creating this great platform to support emerging designers," Patmos says on her win (pictured above, in the center). "I am looking forward to seeing what happens as a result of this new opportunity."
Patmos will walk away with $76,366 (the prize is AU $100,000) along with the opportunity for her wool collection to be stocked in reputable retailers around the globe starting this August.