by Stephen Garner

In honor of the six finalists of the International Woolmark Prize 2021, Saint Heron, the studio and creative agency established by musician Solange Knowles, has conceptualized a short film to celebrate the act of creation.

The film presents the final Woolmark Prize collection looks from Bethany Williams, Casablanca, Kenneth Ize, LECAVALIER, Matty Bovan, and Thebe Magugu. The short film features an ensemble cast of rising musical talent and legendary figures including five-time Grammy award-winning artist Dionne Warwick; actress, model, and author Dominique Jackson; eclectic artist, SahBabii; Atlanta psychedelic soul legend Joi; and one of music’s most exciting new voices and Pitchfork ranked best new music of 2020 singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer KeiyaA.

Created and written by Solange Knowles for Saint Heron Agency, and directed by McArthur Award-winning director Wu Tsang, the film also draws from the masterful styling of Ib Kamara and an original score by Standing on The Corner.

Since its inception, The International Woolmark Prize has awarded and incubated some of the most era-defining fashion designers, from Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent to Giorgio Armani, Donna Karan, and Ralph Lauren.

Celebrating the 2021 International Woolmark Prize Finalists, Saint Heron aims to empower the collections’ voices through a theatrical voyage where the stage is set for each finalist’s designs to have a life of their own. Called “Passage,” the film is a deeply thoughtful exploration of sustainability, and the stages of creation: contemplation, courage, optimism, vulnerability, discipline, and strength. Through six acts of concentrated motion between stage, nature, and surrealism, the film echoes themes of conjuring and ceremonious celebrations, and creates abstraction to embody the various expressions of each designer.

Winners will be announced Thursday, June 10th.