WINNERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN FASHION FOUNDATION AWARDS 2016/17 ANNOUNCED

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SYDNEY, December 19, 2016 – The Australian Fashion Foundation tonight announced the 2016/2017 winners of its annual internship program. La Trobe Melbourne graduate and womenswear designer, Deanna Fanning, and UTS Sydney Honours graduate and menswear designer, Hannah Tan were each awarded a financial grant and a six month internship in the USA or Europe to pursue their talent on an international scale. The winners will each receive prizes worth more than AU$20,000. 

"Deanna and Hannah both showed a strong, original point of view, and presented collections that were inspiring and exciting," said AUSFF co-founder Malcolm Carfrae. "They presented and marketed their work with professionalism and a keen sense of innovation." 

At the event it was announced that there would be two exciting new educational grants added to the 2017 AUSFF internship prizes. The two winners will have the opportunity to stop in Hong Kong on the way to their internship in Europe or the USA and meet with industry experts at The Woolmark Company's new Hong Kong Wool Resource Centre. This prize will allow the two emerging designers the chance to discover the latest innovations in wool, followed by a guided tour of China's key manufacturers, spinners and weavers. 

“The Woolmark Company is pleased to continue the successful partnership with AUSFF and in supporting emerging Australian design talent,” explained The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough. "The inclusion of a unique educational experience to meet with industry experts is a welcome addition to the prize and allows the two winners to further develop an understanding of the wool supply chain and its importance to the global fashion industry.” 

Judges present at the award’s announcement included AUSFF co-founder Malcolm Carfrae (Founder, Carfrae Consulting) alongside fashion stylist and icon Brana Wolf; fashion designer Dion Lee; Kellie Hush (Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s BAZAAR); Laura Brown (Editor-In-Chief, InStyle US); fashion consultant and former VOGUE editor Nancy Pilcher, and Kara Hurry (Consultant). 

The cocktail party to announce the winners was held at The Blue Room, Bondi Beach, Sydney, in partnership with The Woolmark Company. Other notable guests included: Christine Centenera, Simone Zimmermann, Jonathan Saunders, Eva Galambos, Carla Zampatti, Bianca Spender, Tanja Gacic, Alexandra Smart, Jessica Dietrich, Lincoln and Morgan Pilcher, Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman. 

The AUSFF Awards are open to designers, photographers, stylists, writers, and art directors - any fashion profession that meets the criteria of eligibility. To make a submission for the 2017/2018 AUSFF grants and for further information, visit www.ausff.org. 

About The Woolmark Company: 

The Woolmark Company is the global authority on wool. Through our extensive network of relationships spanning the international textile and fashion industries, we highlight Australian wool’s position as the ultimate natural fibre and premier ingredient in luxury apparel. 

The Woolmark logo is one of the world’s most recognised and respected brands, providing assurance of the highest quality, and representing pioneering excellence and innovation from farm through to finished product. 

The Woolmark Company is a subsidiary of Australian Wool Innovation, a not-for-profit enterprise owned by more than 24,000 woolgrowers that invests in research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian wool. 

Australian Fashion Foundation 8th Annual Summer Party

THE AUSTRALIAN FASHION FOUNDATION HOSTS

8TH ANNUAL SUMMER PARTY

 

New York, June 8, 2016– The Australian Fashion Foundation (AUSFF), supported by The Woolmark Company, celebrated the summer season last night at the AUSFF’s annual summer party, held at JIMMY at The James Hotel in New York City. The AUSFF, which assists talented and passionate young Australians in the global fashion industry, has held the event for the past seven years.

 

The event’s honorary committee included Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman of Camilla & Marc; Dion Lee; Kym Ellery of ELLERY; and Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo of TOME.

   

“Our annual Australian Fashion Foundation event is a chance for the New York fashion and creative industries to learn more about the best of Australian fashion and help support the next generation of design talent. New York is the best global stage for any fashion designer but especially for Australian designers – there is a real love here for the sexy, wearable aesthetic that Australians are known for. The Woolmark Company’s support of emerging fashion design is truly world class,” explained Malcolm Carfrae, Founder of AUSFF.

 

Notable attendees included:

  • Malcolm Carfrae, co-founder, AUSFF
  • Julie Anne Quay, co-founder, AUSFF
  • Rob Newbould, board member, AUSFF
  • Sarah Wynter wearing Zimmermann
  • Zanita Whittington, wearing Zimmermann
  • Elyse Taylor, wearing Zimmermann
  • Georgia Fowler, wearing Dion Lee
  • Margaret Zhang, wearing Dion Lee
  • Alexandra Agoston, wearing Dion Lee
  • Charlee Fraser, wearing Dion Lee
  • Madison Stubbington, wearing Dion Lee
  • Bridget Malcolm, wearing Bec and Bridge, Ellery pants
  • Camilla Freeman-Topper, wearing Camilla & Marc
  • Jordan Barrett
  • Thaddeus O’Neil
  • Nellie Partow
  • Dion Lee
  • Montana Cox
  • Georgia Lazzaro
  • Kiane von Mueffling
  • Jonathan Saunders
  • Paolo Riva
  • Lincoln Pilcher
  • Susan Joy
  • Christopher Esber
  • Anna Plunkett
  • Luke Sales
  • Amy Sacco
  • Jordan Murray
  • Mimi Elashiry
  • Katherine Keating
  • Robert Burke
  • Michelle Lee, The Woolmark Company
  • Georgie Mosman, The Woolmark Company

 

The AUSFF is pleased to have the support of the Australian Consulate General in New York. Thank you also to Wine Australia and Hentley Farm as the official drinks partners for the event.

 

 

About The Woolmark Company:

 

The Woolmark Company is the global authority on wool. Through our extensive network of relationships spanning the international textile and fashion industries, we highlight Australian wool’s position as the ultimate natural fiber and premier ingredient in luxury apparel.

 

The Woolmark logo is one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands, providing assurance of the highest quality, and representing pioneering excellence and innovation from farm through to finished product.

 

The Woolmark Company is a subsidiary of Australian Wool Innovation, a not-for-profit enterprise owned by more than 24,000 woolgrowers that invests in research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian wool.

 

For more information on The Woolmark Company visit www.woolmark.com

 

 

 

 

           

2015 Scholarship Winners

 

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 (Founder and Principal at Carfrae Consulting); 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."

 

Congratulations to our 2015 Finalists : Eojin Lee, Yan Zhou, Jordan Anderson, Alice Waterhouse, Samantha Rowlands, Emma Westblade, Ben Lalic, Zoe Ellis.

And Announcing our winners : Panayota Theodore and Vlad Kanesky