International Woolmark Prize Success

Cass lecturer celebrates success for award winning luxury label Edward Crutchley

Date: 26 February 2019

Karen Coughlan, Designer and Senior Textile Design lecturer at the Cass, joined the celebrations last week when luxury label Edward Crutchley, with whom she has collaborated for several years, took two of the three prizes at The International Woolmark prize. 
 
Karen, an accomplished knitwear specialist has collaborated with the extremely talented designer since his very first collection nine seasons ago, on everything from her specialism in knitwear to sourcing, styling and shows. The International Woolmark prize, founded by the International Wool Secretariat in 1953 has helped catapult the careers of the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent and is known as one of the most prestigious and well-funded in the industry. This year, more than 300 designers from all over the world entered the competition with capsule collections crafted from wool.
 
Talking about the success, Karen said, "It is an honour to be a part of anything Edward does, he is an inspiration to work with. Extremely creative, professional and always full of surprises when it comes to designing the collection, a rarity in this industry. He is most deserving of both the Menswear and Innovation prizes, historically a first double win in this competition. I am extremely excited to see what happens next".