Ada Wu, Erdem Moralioglu join elite list of international designers

Image copyright Twitter Image caption Ada Wu earned a nomination for best beauty, style and handbag designer

Ada Wu, the US designer who won this year’s LVMH prize, has joined a select list of women to be nominated for an international fashion award.

Joining her is British designer Erdem Moralioglu who won the same prize in 2012.

Designers including Issey Miyake, Camilla Nickerson and Hannah MacGibbon, have also earned a place on the coveted shortlist.

The designers will compete against each other at an awards ceremony in Monaco in July.

A total of 94 designers from 23 countries received a nod from editors of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Japanese magazine Numero and fashion magazine W in the International Designer Awards, also known as the Grano.

The five winners from this year’s category will be announced at the ceremony.

The British team have won the best ready-to-wear designer award.

Image copyright Gabriela Cárdenas Image caption Director of Fernanda de Albuquerque and Moncler creative director Franck Muller

They have been nominated alongside both Japanese designers Shinji Tange, who founded Japanese brand Sennheiser Music, and Issa Dawn, whose Aydin Almosiri first announced the half-year prize in November last year.

The creation of the awards, which was founded in 1994, has seen many of its past winners cross into the UK.

US-based Raf Simons, Florence Welsh, Jonathan Saunders and Alexandra McCall, as well as British designers Malene Birger, Erdem Moralioglu and Alice Temperley, have all gone on to have greater international success after being crowned from the category.

In addition to the winner, each nomination will be awarded $200,000 (£147,000) to each designer.

“We are incredibly proud of this wonderful recognition of these talented and influential international designers, who have challenged the traditional boundaries of fashion and created cutting-edge collections,” said Baroness Fiona Todd, the president of the Fashion Fund Trust.

The line-up of nominees in other categories includes:

There is also a nod for womenswear for one-off creations and accessories. Among those who made the shortlist are Julian Croll, Ralph and Russo, Masato Tomoyoshi, Attilio Pellegrino, Belukku, LeMieux and Queen Yaya.

The prize money for the winners will be distributed between the Laureates, the Laureate Charity of the Year and the Foundation.

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