Meet the Finalists | BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award 2019

Meet the Finalists | BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award 2019

In partnership with BT Financial Group, the AFC is pleased to announce designers Courtney Holm of A.BCH, Minhee Jo of Aaziél and Blair Archibald of Blair Archibald as the finalists for the 2019 BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award!

International Sourcing Expo 2018 | A Recap

International Sourcing Expo 2018 | A Recap

Now firmly entrenched on the Australian apparel and fashion sourcing calendar, the 9th edition of the event, co-located with Footwear and Leather Show 3rd edition and China Clothing Textiles Accessories Expo 18th edition, attracted major brands and buyers from across Australia and New Zealand, and the broader region.


Looking Back... AFC in 2018

Looking Back... AFC in 2018

This November saw our first Annual General Meeting as the Australian Fashion Council since the earlier merging of the two former entities… and what a long way our organisation has come! A big thank you to all who have been part of this journey, and to those who made it along to the AGM held in Sydney, where we heard from our AFC Board Co-Chairs Edwina McCann and John Condilis, Board Director Simon Stewart, and our CEO Dave Giles-Kaye. Now that we are at the end of the year, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the highlights from 2018, and take a look at what projects are on the AFC horizon…

Australian Fashion Laureate Awards 2018

Australian Fashion Laureate Awards 2018

The Australian Fashion Council congratulates the winners of the 2018 Australian Fashion Laureate Awards, which includes the Co-Chair of the AFC, Edwina McCann, and AFC Members Song for the Mute, Romance Was Born, Zimmermann and Albus Lumen!

Meet | Helena Dong

Meet | Helena Dong

This month we catch up with Helena Dong, this year’s winner of the MFW Student Award! The RMIT Fashion Graduate’s collection blew us away, merging tailored design componants with a digital ‘choose your own adventure’ twist…

AFC at Paris Fashion Week 2018

AFC at Paris Fashion Week 2018

Early in October, on the last day of Paris Fashion Week 2018, a diverse group from the Australian and French fashion industries collected at the Australian Embassy in Paris, generously hosted by Ambassador Brendan Berne.

Start Your Fashion Business!

Start Your Fashion Business!

Planning, launching and scaling a fashion business can be consuming, confusing and expensive. Coming up with an idea is the easy part, but building a business involves a strategy, a plan, and great connections. Fashion Equipped was founded with a single objective in mind – to expose the ‘blind spots’ business owners experience when starting their own fashion business.

The MFW Student Award Finalists!

The MFW Student Award Finalists!

Get to know the finalists for this year’s Student Award at Melbourne Fashion Week; Hannah Berry, Lucy Broomhall, Navarone Johnson, Nigel Vogler! The award acknowledges the top five student collections which demonstrate excellence in research and development of fashion design, innovation, construction and potential to contribute to the future growth of the industry. We're thrilled to support the award alongside the City of Melbourne and búl.

SOURCING EXPO | JOIN AFC AT STAND E39

SOURCING EXPO | JOIN AFC AT STAND E39

IT'S BACK! Returning to Melbourne this November 20-22 2018, the International Sourcing Expo brings the world to you. The Australian Fashion Council will be in amongst the action at Stand E39!

Makers Meeting | Anlaby Station

Makers Meeting | Anlaby Station

The Australian Fashion Council and The Woolmark Company recently partnered together to take six Australian fashion labels on a memorable day trip to the historic wool growing property at Anlaby Station, as part of the AFC’s Makers Meeting series.


The Melbourne Fashion Showcase | HK BoDW 2018

The Melbourne Fashion Showcase | HK BoDW 2018

The largest-ever international presentation of Victorian fashion is set to showcase in Hong Kong this December as part of Hong Kong Business of Design Week (HK BoDW), Asia’s premier design event! Running from the 1st-9th, the ‘Melbourne Fashion Showcase’ will see over 50 Victorian designers across three exhibitions and two showcases.

Alvanon's 'The State of Skills in the Apparel Industry' 2018 Report

Alvanon's 'The State of Skills in the Apparel Industry' 2018 Report

Alvanon’s global survey highlights an unprecedented skills crisis in the fashion industry, with 62% of respondents struggling to fill skilled roles. The report data reveals a ‘war for talent’ across the supply chain, with big fashion retailers, brands, manufacturers and vendors, facing a shortage of workers with key, specialised skills… Do you agree?

Think – Collaborate – Create | Melbourne’s BoDW HK Program Revealed 

Think – Collaborate – Create | Melbourne’s BoDW HK Program Revealed 

The largest-ever international presentation of Victorian design will be showcased at Asia’s premier design event, Hong Kong Business of Design Week (BODW) this December 2018 and we, the Australian Fashion Council, are thrilled to be a part of it!

Financing Your International Growth

Financing Your International Growth

Charith Amarasinghe, Associate Director Business Development at Efic, is no stranger to helping Australian fashion businesses get the finance support they need to take on international growth. Working closely with Australian industry leaders he’s seen what it takes to become an international success.

WORKSHOP | Sustainability & Supply Chain Management for Textiles

WORKSHOP | Sustainability & Supply Chain Management for Textiles

During the 2018 International Sourcing Expo, Australian Fashion Council and UL bring you a workshop focused on "Sustainability & Supply Chain Management for Textiles: Reducing Recall Risk and Chemical Management – A ZDHC Overview".

WORKSHOP | IP for Emerging Fashion Brands

WORKSHOP | IP for Emerging Fashion Brands

During the 2018 International Sourcing Expo, Australian Fashion Council(AFC) and Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick bring you a workshop focused on "IP for emerging fashion brands - from import to export, what you need to know in today’s global fashion market".

Meet | The Fashion Advocate

Meet | The Fashion Advocate

This week we caught up with Claire Goldsworthy, Founder and Editor The Fashion Advocate, a blog devoted to likeminded individuals who are designing for positive social and environmental change…

4 Tips to Grow Your International Business...

4 Tips to Grow Your International Business...

In line with their recently launched free eBook, Efic, Australia’s export credit agency, outlines 4 tips to help your business take on the world.