In 2014 the Woolmark brand will celebrate its 50th anniversary, and its iconic symbol will have been placed on more than 5 billion products worldwide.
For Wool4Skool® 2014 we are asking Years 7 to 11 students to take a look back at the past 50 years of fashion which have helped shape Woolmark into the world’s best-known textile fibre brand, and go in the running to win part of $10,000 worth of prizes.
Using Australian Merino wool, this year’s Wool4Skool® challenge is to design an outfit inspired by the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s or current era.
We don’t even want you to make the outfit, we just want the design; and with five decades to choose from, the options are endless! Each piece needs to include at least 80 per cent of one of the world’s most innovative fashion fibres – Merino wool.
There are endless resources that have been written by professionals to provide an ideal project in-line with learning aims for Years 7 to 11.
Teachers who register will be sent a teacher resource pack tailored to their specific year group. If you don’t have time to introduce the Wool4Skool® lesson plans into your classroom, encourage your students to get involved by working in their own time.
The fibre of innovation, Australian Merino wool has evolved across thousands of years to become the natural, renewable and biodegradable fibre designers know and love today.
The comprehensive Resource Library will teach you all you need to know about Merino wool, highlighting the farm to fashion journey, differences between knitted and woven yarns and presenting the beauty and versatility of the fibre of our nation.
- "Merino is an amazing fibre to work with as a designer. Its versatility, softness and functional benefits such as elasticity and anti-wrinkle properties make it an innovative, contemporary fabric."Jonathan Ward - Designer
- "I recommend Wool4Skool® to anyone interested in a future career in fashion."Brooke Pearce – 2012 student winner
- "I feel privileged that Wool4Skool® actually acknowledges the role that teachers play. It is a very special award because I value the sheep and the merino wool industry – it’s a fantastic product"Nicole Koinuma, 2013 teacher winner
- 2014 Wool4Skool theme is fantastic. It is really about decades in wool from the sixties right through to present day. I have a great belief that at some stage in fashion "what is old is always considered new again" through the adaptation of design and fabrics giving the look a more contemporary feel.Jonathan Ward - Designer
With more than $10,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, along with unique, money-can’t-buy experiences, the 2014 Wool4Skool® competition is set to be fierce.
Check out previous winners as they take part in their very own photo shoot with Girlfriend magazine, as their winning design comes to life thanks to Australian fashion designer Jonathan Ward.
This year’s Wool4Skool® competition now invites Year 11 students to take part, with the winner gaining one week’s internship at leading Australian label Camilla and Marc, helping kick-start your career in fashion design.
So what are you waiting for? Unleash your inner designer and get started today!
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This short documentary follows the journey of Sophie Aylward, the 2013 Wool4Skool® winner, as she discusses her design process, her thoughts on wool and how she felt when she found out she had won the competition with the theme ‘Fit for a Royal’.
Leading Australian fashion designer Jonathan Ward also features in the documentary, outlining why Sophie’s design stood out from the rest whilst we see him turn Sophie’s design into reality.
Then, with a fairy-tale ending, Sophie met the muse for her dress: HRH the Duchess of Cambridge and even got the chance to present the winning dress to the princess.