Qui Hao has laid down the gauntlet. He has made his statement loud and clear: Australia was a stepping stone to his greater ambition. The greater ambition that Hao speaks of is a jaunt over to Paris to show collections and possibly be sold in some of the most prestigious boutiques in the city of light. Hao is the winner of the inaugural Australian Merino Woolmark Prize. The prize was presented at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris this past Thursday.
The designer created several pieces that will go on sale in famous French shop Colette.One of his pieces included a white tube dress with merino wool accents in the form of orbs. The award includes a $158,000 of which he will use to bring over to Paris. Hao currently works out of Shanghai but is angling to bring his brand of fashion over to Paris.