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Indian designer Rahul Mishra wins top Milan Fashion Week prize

Published on Feb 22, 2014 6:10 AM

MILAN (AFP) - Designer Rahul Mishra paid tribute to India's craft industry and said fashion could help empower poor Indians after winning the international Woolmark Prize at Milan Fashion Week on Friday.

"It can help for the empowerment of people who do not have enough so I celebrate it for them," an emotional Mishra told AFP after receiving the award from a star-studded jury including Gucci's creative director Frida Giannini.

The annual prize, sponsored by the Australian wool industry, was first awarded to Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld in 1954 and is held in a different fashion capital every year.

Mishra's subtle and entrancing collection featured lotus and cityscape wool-embroidered patterns and the palette was entirely of whites and yellows.

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