Selected from more than 300 applicants representing 46 countries, this year’s International Woolmark Prize finalists demonstrate the growing diversity of the global fashion industry and show promise in their commitment to sustainable practices.

High profile editors, industry influencers and some of the world’s best retailers form the judging panel of this year’s International Woolmark Prize, tasked with selecting the menswear, womenswear and innovation award winners.

From water-resistant outerwear to wool denim, the 12 finalists of the 2018/19 International Woolmark Prize not only show the breadth of wool’s applications, but actively push its existing boundaries, too. Here, a preview of their innovations.

With a hall of fame including Valentino Garavani, Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent, the International Woolmark prize is a veritable lesson on the course of fashion and connects an astonishing list of industry legends, both past and present, with the wool fibre.