Aussie wool power

UPDATE: Dion Lee has been crowned the winner for the Australian round of the International Woolmark Prize.

Judging has commenced for the Australian round of the International Woolmark Prize - with regional finalist Romance Was Born out of the running.

Click here for pictures from this morning's judging.

Sophie Theallet (US), Christian Winjants (Belgium) and Ban Xiao Xiu (China) have already been announced as finalists for the global award, with designers from Australia and India set to be revealed this week.

Judging for the Australian round kicked off this morning, while a reception to reveal the regional winner will be hosted tonight.

Australian designer finalists include Dion Lee, Carl Kapp, Christopher Esber, Kym Ellery, Song for the Mute and Magdalena Velevska.

Romance Was Born has pulled out of the running due to "other commitments".

The local judging panel included Vogue editor Edwina McCann, Australian Fashion Week founder Simon Lock, David Jones womenswear general manager David Bush, London-based designer Richard Nicoll and Calvin Klein executive Malcolm Carfrae.

The regional winner will receive $50,000 and the opportunity to represent Australia at the finals in February at London Fashion Week.

The global winner will win a further $100,000 and have their designs stocked by 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.

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