December 18, 2015: Meet the 2015/2016 winners Panayota Theodore and Vlad Kanevsky, announced at The Hotel Centennial in Sydney.
UTS Sydney based womenswear design graduate Panayota Theodore and RMIT Melbourne based menswear designer Vlad Kenevsky were each awarded $20,000 and a six month internship in the US or Europe as the joint winners of the AUSFF internship grant, to pursue their talent on an international scale.
"Panayota and Vlad both demonstrated a fresh and multi dimensional approach to fashion," said AUSFF co-founder Malcolm Carfrae. "Their submissions showed variety, innovation and both were excellent self marketers."
Judges present included AUSFF founder Malcolm Carfrae (Global Head of Communications, Public Relations and Media at Ralph Lauren); fashion stylist and icon Brana Wolf; Fashion consultant and former Vogue editor Nancy Pilcher; Editor of Harper's Bazaar, Kellie Hush; Fashion designer Dion Lee; blogger and stylist Romy Frydman; myTheresa.com's Buying Director, Justin O'Shea; Blogger, photographer and model Margaret Zhang; The Woolmark Company's Melissa Grace and Kara Hurry, Head of Communications, RM Williams.
The cocktail party to announce the winners was held at the Hotel Centennial, Woollahra, Sydney in partnership with The Woolmark Company. Also among present were: Edwina McCann, Christine Centenera, Alison Veness, Zac and Jordan Stenmark, Nicky and Simone Zimmermann, Kym Ellery, Camilla Freeman Topper and Marc Freeman and Stuart McCullough, CEO of Australian Wool Innovation, parent company of The Woolmark Company.
"Woolmark are pleased to continue the successful partnership with AUSFF, explained Stuart McCullough of The Woolmark Company. "Their objectives align with our own and we believe in supporting the future leaders of our creative industries and tapping into a vast network of Australian talent that is thriving across the globe."
information about the AUSFF PRIZE
The two winners of the AUSFF Prize each receive a $20,000 grant and a 6 month internship with a global fashion powerhouse in New York City or Europe.
Who can enter
Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must be either studying or recently graduated a degree course in Australia, or have 3-5 years work experience in a related field.
How to Enter
Submissions for the 2015 prize open October 15th and will close November 30th. Finalists will be announced early December and will be invited to meet the judges December 17th in Sydney.
Candidates will be asked to submit a one page resume, a 500 word essay about themselves and 10-12 portfolio images of their work through the application form on our scholarship page.
2014 Alexander Oscar Kelvy - Internship at LVMH, Paris
2014 Grace Butterworth - Internship at Giles, London
2013 Amie Jones - Internship at VFILES, New York
2013 Talisa Trantino - Internship at Alexander McQueen London
2012 Natasha Fagg - Internship at Alexander McQueen, London
2012 Tim Watson - Internship at Thom Browne, New York
2011 Natalia Gryzbowski - Internship at Calvin Klein, New York
2010 Laura Wade - Internship at Proenza Schouler, New York
2009 Georgia Lazzaro - Internships at Calvin Klein and Narciso Rodriguez, New York
Image by 2013 Winner Amie Jones