Since 2008, the Australian Fashion Foundation has led the way in promoting talented and passionate young Australians on a global scale.  We believe in Australian talent and our ability to make our own mark on the world.


Our Mission

The philosophy of the Foundation is to help young Australians gain world class, hands on international experience and then return home with globally recognized training and contacts. By opening these doors and creating this platform, the Foundation not only assists these individuals, but also serves to further expand and enrich the future of Australian fashion industry, abroad and in Australia.  

“I will always give them some form of advice or put them in contact with someone, because I’ve been in that situation myself,” said Carfrae. “The smallest words of advice, even if it’s only for five minutes, could make a big difference to their careers.”
— Malcolm Carfrae, Co-founder, WWD

What We've Achieved

  • 2009 Winner designer Georgia Lazzaro announced and completes internships at Calvin Klein and Narciso Rodriguez.

  • 2009 Simon Eeles receives honorary mention and goes on to assist photographer Craig McDean.

  • 2010 Winner Laura Wade secures an internship with Proenza Schouler.

  • 2011 Winner Natalia Gryzbowski secures an internship with Calvin Klein.

  • 2012 The Australian Wool Corporation joins forces with the AFF and financially supports both a European and NYC internship program.

  • 2012 Winner designer Natasha Fagg secures our first ever European internship at Alexander McQueen.

  • 2012 Winner Tim Watson commences his internship with Thome Browne International.

  • 2013 Winners Amie Jones secures internship at VFILES, New York.

  • 2013 Winner Talisa Trantino secures internship at Alexander McQueen.

  • 2014 Malcolm Carfrae and Julie Anne Quay honored by G'Day USA for their contributions to the Australian Fashion Industry.

  • 2014 Winner Alexander Oscar Kelvy secures an internship with LVMH, Paris.

  • 2014 Winner Grace Butterworth secures an internship with Giles, London.

  • 2015 Winner Panayota Theodore secures an internship with Diane von Furstenberg, New York.

  • 2015 Winner Vlad Kanevsky secures an internship with Thom Browne, New York.

  • 2016 Winner Deanna Fanning secures an internship with Kiko Kostadinov, London.

  • 2016 Winner Hannah Tan secures an internship with Calvin Klein, New York.

  • 2017 Mikala Tavener Hanks secures an internship at Proenza Schouler, New York.

  • 2017 Lucy Dickinson secures an internship at DI$COUNT UNIVER$E, New York.