Entries have officially opened for the 2019 edition of the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award.
The prestigious award aims to identify and showcase Australia’s most promising emerging fashion designers and provide support in the form of financial means, access to services and mentoring.
The initiative was first established in 2013 and has since become one of Australia’s most esteemed designer awards. It has fostered the success of a number of Australian designers, as they develop from emerging labels into household names, including; Albus Lumen (2018), Kacey Devlin (2017), macgraw (2016), Emma Mulholland (2015), Michael Lo Sordo (2014) and Christopher Esber (2013).
For 2019, the prize value has grown to an incredible $100,000, which will afford the winning designer the opportunity to push their label to the next level. In addition, the award criteria now includes an essential focus on applicants’ sustainable and ethical practices within their business.
Entries for the award are open from now until October 30th 2018. An expert panel of industry judges will then select three finalists, to be announced on December 5th 2018. The three finalists will then go on to present their collections at the BT Runway event on 11th April 2019, alongside some of Australia’s top established designers.
Edwina McCann, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia, Vogue Living, GQ Australia and Australian Fashion Council Co-Chair (Head Judge)
Bianca Spender, Founder & Designer of Bianca Spender
Melissa Singer, Fashion Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age
Jaana Quaintance-James, Head of Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing for THE ICONIC
Rebecca Lim, Group Executive, Compliance, Legal & Secretariat for Westpac Group
- 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.
- Legal advice provided by Gilbert + Tobin for two years.
- Vogue Australia to produce and style a designer look book.
- label.m Australia in conjunction with TONI&GUY Australia will provide;
Access to their National Artistic Team for two major fashion events
Two look books or editorial shoots
A year’s worth of hairdressing at TONI&GUY Australia HQ
A year’s worth of label.m hair styling products
- Linda Jefferyes makeup for the Vogue look book.
- Two business class return flights to London
- A one year subscription to Flaunter - a digital platform connecting brands & media.
- Two mentoring sessions with two fashion industry icons provided by the Australian Fashion Council.
- Photo production and video content of the designers collection at the BT Runway event.
- A keepsake engraved trophy.
The Awards are open to womenswear and unisex designers. Applicants must have produced a minimum of three seasonal collections, have traded in business for under seven years and have an annual sales turnover of less than $2 million.
Applications will be judged upon their design, styling and fit capabilities, business acumen and potential for commercial success, their demonstration of sustainable and ethical practices, their marketing and social media skills, and the entrant’s planned use of the prize of the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award.
Application forms and further conditions of entry are available below.
About | BT Financial Group
BT Financial Group has been helping Australians prepare for the best since 1969. Today BT Financial Group helps thousands of customers find superannuation, investment and insurance solutions to suit their personal needs and goals. They’re also a specialist in financial advice. BT Financial Group is the wealth management arm of the Westpac Group.
The BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award has been an important initiative for BT Financial Group, providing 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 their 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.
For more information and media requests
Australian Fashion Council
Media Relations Manager
BT Financial Group