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Designer MattyBovan declared winner of both 2021 International Woolmark Prizes


Designer MattyBovan has emerged as a winner at both the 2021 International Woolmark Prizes, in a special virtual event this year

As per Fashion Network, Bovan was chosen by a jury that included CarineRoitfield, IbKamara, ShawayYeh, Sinéad Burke, Tasha Liu, Thom Browne and Julie Davies.

New York-raised, but London-trained at Central Saint Martins, Bovan is known for herkicky, lustrous, high-color concoctions. Her latest Ode to the Sea collection drew inspiration from travelling and escapism – going through a traumatic event and coming out the other side. Using roll-end cloth from AW Hainsworth; screen printing and hand painting, Bovan gave new life to discarded pieces of fabric. Limited runs in-house turned deadstock fabric into commercial pieces.

The Woolmark Prize has long been a coveted award, especially since 1954 when a youthful Yves Saint Laurent won the award for a dress, and Karl Lagerfield that for a coat. The other five finalists were Casablanca, Thebe Magugu, Kenneth Ize, Lecavalier and Bethany Williams.