Wool4School is an annual student design competition that encourages budding fashion designers to show the nation what they’re made of.
Open to all Australian school students from Years 7 to 12. Wool4School invites students to design an outfit using at least 80% wool. The outfit can contain 1 to 4 pieces and must show the student’s creative and innovative talent.
First launched in 2012, Wool4School receives more than 85,000 student entries globally. Entrants learn the fundamentals of fashion design and explore the benefits and versatility of wool and the fabric it creates.
By putting wool into the minds of Australia’s future fashion designers, Wool4School encourages students' innovative thinking and creative design, in keeping with The Woolmark Company’s tradition of fostering the education of the future generation.
On the back of the success of Wool4School in Australia, The Woolmark Company launched the competition in Hong Kong 2015, the United Kingdom 2017 and Italy 2018. Prizes: YEARS 7, 8 and 9
$500 cash prize, trophy and Emu Ugg boots
$1000 cash prize, trophy, outfit made by an Australian designer and featured in an Australian fashion publication.
$1000 cash prize, trophy, 5-day internship with Dion Lee, flights and 5 nights’ accommodation for the winner and their guardian, and a Bernina sewing machine.
Scholarship to Whitehouse Institute of Design in either Sydney or Melbourne (check out the competition terms and conditions for further information), trophy and a Bernina sewing machine.
$1000 cash prize, trophy, a wool education workshop for students and teachers, and a Bernina sewing machine for your classroom.
For more information visit the official website here.
There are thousands of Australian entrants competing for first and runner-up awards in each year group (7-12).
Since students submit designs and do not have to create their garments, costs can be kept low. However, some students may find it helpful to make prototypes to experiment with different design elements.
Though a determined student could teach themselves the necessary technical skills relatively quickly, most students drawn to this competition will likely have a passion for fashion design and experience in sketching designs and selecting appropriate materials.
The time commitment will vary depending on the student's age (and therefore the contest criteria) and how much time the student has to complete their design prior to the application deadline.
Online submission form and digital design entry (hard copy entries are not accepted). Entries usually include a creative statement and several sketches of the design with detailed measurements and explanations.
The website includes past years' winning designs for reference. Students can only submit one design and each age group will be judged on different criteria (available on the website).