The International Woolmark Prize 2017/18 was held on the first day of Pitti Uomo in Florence. 12 designers from across the globe showcased their collections for this event, including Indian designer Ujjawal Dubey of Antar-Agni. IWP’s eminent panel had names like Phillip Lim, Miroslava Duma, Elizabeth Von Guttman and others. And we’ve got a winner from India. Founder of Delhi-based label Bodice, Ruchika Sachdeva, was announced the best womenswear designer. British designer Matthew Miller bagged the best designer in menswear while American designer Christopher Bevans for innovation. Miller and Sachdeva, on the other hand, will be awarded $200,000 each.
A Major Win
Sachdeva, who is also the third Indian to win this award (Rahul Mishra in 2014 for womenswear and Suket Dhir in 2015), launched Bodice in 2011. Targetted at the modern Indian woman, Bodice is a smart blend of minimal aesthetics and neat tailoring. Sachdeva’s brand focusses on the use of indigenous textiles and natural dyeing techniques. This prize is undoubtedly a major win for Bodice, as this platform aims to support emerging designers.