International Woolmark Prize 2017 : the well-known contest dedicated to new in the industry, organized by The Woolmark Company, now becomes even more precious. An increase in prize money for winners of the Menswear and Womenswear categories at 200,000 Australian dollars and a major prize-giving award, the Innovation Award. This title is intended not only to the designer who will originally develop a Merino woolen fabric, that will receive 100,000 Australian dollars, in addition to the opportunity for business development, but also to the textile company involved in designing, sustaining and promoting through the global network of The Woolmark Company.

Among the 65 candidates from the six regions (Austria, Asia, Europe, British Isles, Middle East and United States) to represent Made in Italy will be Miao Ran and Nicola Brognano. Young but already excellence in the fashion system. Miao Ran, born in China and moved to Italy in 2008, after a master's degree in Fashion Design at Naba, a job in the jewellery industry and then in the scenography collaborating with Bob Wilson, is selected by Vogue Italia as Who's On Next's finalist? 2015. After a year his first men's collection fashion show at the Teatro Armani, volumes that look much to its East.

Different origins and paths are those that have marked Nicola Brognano: calabrese, who has been specializing in Fashion Design at the Istituto Marangoni in Milan, has already worked with Giambattista Valli and Dolce&Gabbana, and then launches his brand in 2015. Winner of Who Is On Next? 2016 and The Next Talents 2017, he stands out for a style that lives in contrasts, ranging from hyper-femininity to sporty chìc. International Woolmark Prize 2017: an investment that looks to the future, a prize that looks at talent.

Credits Photo: S.Dragone- G.Palma / L.Sorrentino/ Brognano/Miao Ran