Victoria Beckham to Judge 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize Finalists

Victoria Beckham has joined the International Woolmark Prize Jury.

The model turned fashion designer who recently received an OBE for her contributions to the fashion industry, will select the womenswear winners for the prestigious fashion award. This marks the third time that Beckham has been a member of the board, having was been present in 2012/13 and 2014/15. She joins Vogue Germany Editor in Chief Christiane Arp, Lanvin's creative director Bouchra Jarrar, Woolmark Company's managing director Stuart McCullough, and Dame Natalie Massenet Chair of British Fashion Council.

For menswear, the judges include Olivier Lalanne Deputy Editor Vogue Paris, Stefano Tonchi Editor-in-Chief W Magazine, Jefferson Hack CEO and Co-Founder Dazed Media and many others. Together the stellar line up of judges includes 30 members across both mens and womenswear who will decide the ultimate winner of the coveted $76,000 value prize. The winning collection will be hosted by major retailers around the world, including Harvey Nichols in London.

'As the world's best emerging design talent continue to demonstrate what an essential fibre Merino wool is to the luxury fashion world, so do the illustrious judges who champion our premium fibre and throw their support behind the coveted awards,' Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough said in a press release. 'Each year we have garnered support from the world's best fashion designers, finest editors and retail buyers to ensure the future of fashion remains innovative and dynamic.'

To further increase the anticipation of the award ceremony, the Woolmark Company also produced a film titled 'Unravelled' directed by Isaac Lock. It features a host of industry faces including Jefferson Hack, Tim Blanks and Carmen Kassto sporting looks from this year's finalists shot by photographer Rankin.

The International Woolmark Prize final which awards the most promising talents of the fashion industry will be held in Paris on January 23.

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