The 2016 International Woolmark Prize nominees for the U.S. and China regions, in both the men's and womenswear categories, were just announced.
The shortlist of womenswear designers from the China region feature Xu Zhi, M Essential All About Love, Robert Wun, Whosthat, Toton, Major Minor Maha, Yasutoshi Ezumi, Heohwan Simulation and R. Shemiste.
Menswear brands from the Asian region Sean Suen, Alexander T. Zhao, Sixlee, Vinora, Discovered and Münn are also up for the international accolade.
U.S. nominees for womenswear are Gabriela Hearst, Hellessy, Monse, Nellie Partow and Sally LaPointe.
Additionally, the menswear nominees are Abasi Rosborough, Matiere, Pyer Moss, Rochambeau and Second/Layer.
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Last week, the 2016 International Woolmark Prize nominees for the British Isles region were also announced.
The shortlist of womenswear designers features Ashley Williams, Ryan Lo, Faustine Steinmetz and Danielle Romeril. Menswear labels Baartmans & Seigel, Craig Green, Cottweiler and Liam Hodges are also up for the international accolade.
The four womenswear and four menswear designers from the British Isles will join 69 other nominated designers from another 61 countries to compete for the international prize. The International Woolmark Prize regions are British Isles, Shanghai, Sydney, Antwerp, Dubai and New York.
The six menswear finalists from around the world will meet at the Pitti Uomo Florence. Then the top six womenswear finalists are set to meet in New York.
Ten finalists will receive 50,000 Australian dollars (about $40,255 at current exchange) and an opportunity to compete for the international prize.
The ultimate winners of menswear and womenswear will receive an additional 100,000 Australian dollars (about $80,500). Both international winners will also have their collections sold at international retail partners.