January 16, 2021

Harman Grubisa, Blair Archibald Named Woolmark Prize Australasia Winners

SYDNEY — Harman Grubisa and Blair Archibald have been named the Australia and New Zealand regional finalists of the 2017/2018 edition of the International Woolmark Prize.
Announced at a lunch on Monday inside a private harborside mansion in Sydney’s Neutral Bay, the Auckland, New Zealand-based womenswear duo Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubisa and Archibald, a Melbourne-based menswear designer, have both won 70,000 Australian dollars or $55,248 at current exchange, a Woolmark license and global mentoring support. The designers will go on to join 10 finalists from five other regions to compete in the event’s global finals in Florence in early 2018.
The judging panel was comprised of International Woolmark Prize 2016/2017 womenswear winner Gabriela Hearst, David Jones general manager womenswear Damian Burke, R.M. Williams head of design Jeremy Hershan, Harpers Bazaar Australia editor in chief Kellie Hush, influencer Nicole ‘Gary Pepper Girl’ Warne, Men’s Style Australia fashion director Kim Payne and Australian Wool Innovation chief executive officer and The Woolmark Company managing director Stuart McCullough.
Harman Grubisa’s winning look was a belted wool black and tan tweed blazer over a royal blue 16 micron wool dress that converts into a clutch.
Archibald presented a marle grey wool turtleneck and dark grey wool trousers, teamed

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