Suketdhir and Taller Marmo have been announced as the menswear and womenswear winners, respectively, of the 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize India, Pakistan and the Middle East regional final. The final results were announced at an awards event last night, hosted at the Manzil hotel, Downtown Dubai.

11 hopeful finalists presented their promising collections, in sketch form, with one item from the collection produced and created in full, to the judging pannel that comprised: Nez Gebreel, CEO, Dubai Design & Fashion Council; Osman Yousefzada, Designer; Bridget Cosgrave, Fashion and Buying Director, Boutique 1; Louise Nichol, Editor-in-Chief of Harper's Bazaar Arabia; Melissa Grace, The Woolmark Company; Che Kurrien, Editor, GQ India and Alison Tay, Editor-in-Chief, Grazia Middle East

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The two winners walk away with AED 136,112, plus the opportunity to represent the region in the prestigious international final. The final for menswear will be held in Florence in January 2016, and the womenswear final will be held in New York in February 2016.

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Menswear category winner Suket Dhir, who gained success at the competition with an impressive and unique merino wool collection, said "I am extremely proud to have received this accolade from such a prestigious institution, particularly when taking into account all the amazing designers that have come before me. I am so grateful to The Woolmark Company for creating this wonderful platform to support designers."

Womenswear winners behind the Taller Marmo label, Yago Goicoechea and Riccardo Audisio said: "To be honoured with such an award, from such a distinguished jury, is overwhelming. Now, we are looking towards the international Womenswear final in New York; truly excited to see what lies ahead as a result of this opportunity." 

Congratulations to the two winners, we wish them every success at the international finals next year as they represent the region. Take a closer look at the winning designs and the evening's event via our gallery below...

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