Ban Xiao Xue was announced as the winner of the International Woolmark Prize for the region China. He was chosen by  a judging panel formed by opinion leaders from the industry including Vogue China editor-in-chief Angelica Cheung, model Du Juan, fashion designer Uma Wang, artist Xiang Jing and Ning Lau, representative of JOYCE as the exclusive retail partner of IWP in China.

Ban Xiao Xue has a deep connection to the Merino wool fibre and experimented in post treatment of his wool fabrics, before he created his very innovative work of ‘Growth’. He produces a whole piece of special fabric, mixed with Merino wool and little amount of silk, and allows it to drape on the human form with limited cutting, which creates a natural and poetic feel. “Merino wool is soft and fine, good at breathability and keeping warm, and what’s more it’s especially versatile,” explained Ban Xiao Xue.

International Woolmark Prize is held in five regions, China, Europe, USA, India and Australia. The winner of each regional competition will join the IWP global final in February 2013 during London Fashion Week.