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  • Writer's pictureSusan Sabet


Winner of the Inaugural Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation IWP, Emily Adams Bode was presented the Award at a ceremony during London Fashion Week, by Carine Roitfeld, Style Advisor at The Maison Karl Lagerfeld.

Known as an important fashion design competition, the International Woolmark Prize is an institution for the fashion industry that connects an astonishing list of industry legends.

Presenting this award is very special to me, not only because Karl was a dear friend of mine, but also because of what the award stands for and represents. Karl was always looking for new talent, and he was instrumental in developing many young designers’ careers. I have no doubt that he would have been inspired by all of the creativity here this evening.” Said Carine.

Carine Roitfeld with the late Karl Lagerfeld

The winner was selected by a list of esteemed fashion industry creatives’ jury among them  “Tim Blanks” Editor at Large, Business of Fashion, “Kim Jones” Artistic Director at Dior Men and ‘’Hamish Bowles’’ International Editor at Large, Vogue.

 Emily Adams Bode is a luxury menswear brand that creates one of a kind garments using dead-stock fabrics found in abandoned factories. Each of Bode’s tailor-made garments tell a beautiful story of old and new. Bode was the first female designer to show at New York Men’s Fashion Week.

Emily Adams Bode 

“When I first applied for the prize and read about its history, that’s what I was most intrigued about. A prize like this is founded in changing people’s understanding of materials and material culture. You can image that when Karl showed his designs, people were surprised by them. That’s what this prize is all about: being innovative with wool, using it in new ways, printing it, patchworking it, and all sorts of different methods. It’s an honor to follow in his footsteps.”

IWP Winner Emily Adams Bode during London Fashion Week

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