The Australian Fashion Council, in association with BT Financial Group, are pleased to announce labels Albus Lumen, Double Rainbouu and Anna Quan as the finalists for the 2018 BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award.

With the first prize valued at $70,000, the winner will be announced at the BT Runway 2018 event on 28 March 2018, with all three finalists presenting their collections alongside some of Australia’s most successful designers. 2018 marks the sixth year for one of Australia’s most prestigious fashion design awards and this year’s winner will join the ranks of previous recipients Kacey Devlin (2017), macgraw (2016), Emma Mulholland (2015), Michael Lo Sordo (2014) and Christopher Esber (2013).


This year’s award provides the winning designer with a $10,000 cash grant and two years of financial planning services provided by BT Financial Group; accounting and business advisory services for two years provided by Bentleys NSW; a look book styled and produced by Vogue Australia; two return Business Class flights to London provided by British Airways; a one year subscription with new media content business, Flaunter; and two mentoring sessions with two fashion industry icons provided by the AFC. TONI&GUY Australia will proudly sponsor the winner’s hairdressing needs including: access to their National Artistic Team for two major fashion events, two look book or editorial shoots and three months’ worth of hairdressing at TONI&GUY Head Office.

The award has been an important initiative for BT Financial Group, providing it with a platform to support emerging talent to reach their full potential by investing in and mentoring the growth of Australian designers. BT Financial Group are delighted to continue the partnership with the Australian Fashion Council as an organisation that promotes the growth of Australian design talent and the strengthening of the Australian fashion economy on a local and global scale.

The judges for this year’s award include a host of industry experts including Editor-in-Chief and AFC Board Director Edwina McCann; designer Camilla Freeman-Topper of CAMILLA AND MARC; creative director of Oracle Fox Amanda Shadforth; Australian stylist Caterina Scardino; and Westpac Group Executive, Compliance, Legal & Secretariat Rebecca Lim.