Sydney, December 18, 2014 - The Australian Fashion Foundation today announced in Sydney, the 2014/2015 winners of its annual internship program: Alexander Oscar Kelvy and Grace Butterworth. The runner up was Max Thomas Sanderson.
Melbourne based RMIT menswear design graduate Alexander Oscar Kelvy and RMIT womenswear graduate Grace Butterworth, were each awarded AUD 20,000 (US $16.4K) 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. "The winners, Alexander and Grace distinguished themselves as exceptional creative talent," said AUSFF co-founders Malcolm Carfrae and Julie Anne Quay, "their submissions displayed originality, innovation and both were engaging presenters.”
Judges present included Creative Consultant Nancy Pilcher; Fashion Designer Dion Lee; Fashion Consultant Brana Wolf, TOME’s Ryan Lobo; and The Woolmark Company's Director of the Americas, Michelle Lee.
The judging and announcement of the winners were held at The Lord Dudley Hotel in Sydney in partnership with The Woolmark Company. Also present were: Kellie Hush, Editor of Harper’s Bazaar Australia and Stuart McCullough, CEO of Australian Wool Innovation, parent company of The Woolmark Company.
“Woolmark is delighted to continue our partnership with AUSFF to support young Australians,” explained Robert Langtry Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, The Woolmark Company. “It’s through global educational initiatives like this that we can provide invaluable experiences and invest in the future of our highly creative and increasingly recognized talent, as they embark on a successful career.”
About the Australian Fashion Foundation:
Established in 2009, The Australian Fashion Foundation is a not-for-profit aimed at helping young Australians gain world class, hands on international experience in the fashion and creative industries.
To make a submission for the 2015/2016 AUSFF grants and for further information, visit www.ausff.org.