Christian Winjants was announced as the winner for the International Woolmark Prize European Award. The 34-year-old designer based in Antwerp, Belgium, was chosen out of seventeen of the most talented European designers that were vied for the award including Andrea Incontri, Andrea Pompilio, Anthony Vaccarello, Co/Te Italy, Hana Zarubova, House of Dagmar, Ipek Arnas, James Long, Jan Taminiau, Maria Barros, JW Anderson, Michael Sontag, Moses Nieto, Nina Skarra, Niyazi Erdoğan, Olympis Le-Tan, and Zdeňka Imreczeova.
Christian Winjants was selected as the winner by iconic industry figures: Alber Elbaz - Artistic Director for Lanvin; Alexandra Schulman - Editor Vogue UK; Christiane Arp - Editor Vogue Germany; Dean & Dan Caten - DSQUARED2, Giles Deacon, and Tim Blanks - Editor at Large
The Woolmark Company re-launched the International Woolmark Prize this year to help promote outstanding design talent from around the world, and through its design innovations attract consumers to cover the beauty of Merino wool.

There are five regional competitions - USA, Europe, China, Australia and India - over 70 nominees across 15 countries began the journey in 2012 which will come down to one designer as judged by the most important and influential fashion industry representatives across the globe.
The winners of each regional competition receive a financial grant and will travel to London courtesy of The Woolmark Company to London Fashion Week in February 2013 where they will present an entire capsule collection of Australian Merino wool and an international winner will be selected.
The international winner will have his/her designs stocked by leading global retailers including Bergdorf Goodman in the USA, Harvey Nichols in the UK, 10 Corso Como in Italy, Joyce in China, Eickoff in Germany and David Jones in Australia.