Emerging Fashion

WESTPAC PRIVATE EMERGING FASHION DESIGNER AWARD 2020 

WESTPAC PRIVATE EMERGING FASHION DESIGNER AWARD 2020 

Entries have officially opened for the 2020 Westpac Private Emerging Fashion Designer Award. The prestigious award, formerly known as the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award, aims to identify and showcase Australia’s most promising emerging fashion designers and provide financial support, advice and mentoring…

WE THE MAKERS DESIGN FESTIVAL 2020

WE THE MAKERS DESIGN FESTIVAL 2020

The National Wool Museum will host a major new biennial Design Festival in 2020 – inviting fashion designers, makers and artists to make items of headwear, neckwear (including scarves), bodywear or footwear and complete looks – which respond to the Festival’s 2020 theme of “Design for the Future: Sustainable and Ethical Textiles and Fashion.”

Undress Runways

Undress Runways

Undress Runways was born out of a pop-up runway at a Brisbane car park in 2011. The event  strives for sustainability in fashion, diversity on the runway and setting a higher bar for the industry. Since then, Undress has grown into Australia’s leading sustainable fashion runway event worked on by hundreds of people each year. We have showcased over 100 Australian and international sustainable designers, welcomed more than 5,000 guests to our shows and reached 50,000 people each year.

Meet | The New Garde

Meet | The New Garde

We catch up with AFC Member Jodie Hilton, CEO and Founder of The New Garde, to talk emerging businesses, local manufacturing and the newly launched Maison Garde and the Uncommon Store…

Meet | Bábbarra Designs

Meet | Bábbarra Designs

Aboriginal fashion designers and textile artists from Bábbarra Designs are taking their creations global with an exhibition at the Australian Embassy in France this September! We were lucky to catch some of the designs at DAAF in Darwin this August, and can’t wait to see what they have planned. We caught up with Ingrid Johanson and Jessica Phillips, Managers at Bábbarra Women’s Centre to hear more about the exhibition, the culture and linguistic diversity it celebrates, and the women involved…

M/FW Student Collections Runway and Award | 2019

M/FW Student Collections Runway and Award | 2019

Congratulations to all the incredibly talented designers who featured in last Sunday's Student Collections runway at Melbourne Fashion Week. The AFC were once again thrilled to support the M/FW Student Award, with this year’s winner Chelsea Subala announced on the night!

AFC | Indigenous Fashion Update

AFC | Indigenous Fashion Update

The recent Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) and From Country to Couture runway held in August this year has once again highlighted the incredible talent of our Indigenous designers and artists, along with the broader impact that opportunities in the Fashion industry can have for Indigenous communities. The event also saw the announcement of an exciting Industry initiative moving ahead in this space; The Inaugural National Aboriginal Fashion Awards to be launched in Darwin next year.

Introducing | Pattern Room by Sample Room

Introducing | Pattern Room by Sample Room

AFC Member Julia Van Der Sommen, Director of Sample room is a 25-year industry veteran. Noticing a shift to greater awareness of the provenance of clothes through her Melbourne-based ethically-accredited business, Sample Room. Ms Van Der Sommen has created a new tech product with her team that she believes will change the way designers and manufacturers approach development.

City of Sydney Supports Emerging Fashion Labels | Recap

City of Sydney Supports Emerging Fashion Labels | Recap

Over the last few months City of Sydney supported the Australian Fashion Council to put on a series of workshops catered to emerging fashion labels and designed to support growth of these early stage businesses in the industry.


From Country to Couture | Meet the Designers

From Country to Couture | Meet the Designers

"From Country to Couture" celebrates the marriage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary fine art and high-end fashion. The success of the textile design movement in remote Indigenous communities has led to exciting collaborations with well known Australian designers. This year, DAAF are proud to present two spectacular shows on August 7th…

The Fashion Advocate | Opportunity for AFC Members

The Fashion Advocate | Opportunity for AFC Members

Meet The Fashion Advocate, one of the largest online retailers for 100% ethical Australian and New Zealand fashion. After five years advocating for ethical and sustainable fashion online, The Fashion Advocate is now opening a retail boutique in Melbourne's Bayside to further support Australian and New Zealand fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands. Applications to stock in-store with The Fashion Advocate are now open.

Flaunter | Opportunity for AFC Members

Flaunter | Opportunity for AFC Members

Meet Flaunter, the online platform making it easy for brands to reach bigger audiences. Save time and scale your PR efforts with image management, sample tracking, media lists and reporting all in the one tool. Flaunter is where brands and media come together to create, connect, and collaborate. To celebrate the ongoing collaboration, Flaunter have a series of exclusive offers just for our AFC members!

A.BCH | AFC Flagship

A.BCH | AFC Flagship

Discover the unique space from A.BCH as part of AFC Flagship, featuring 'Momentary Field', an installation collaboration with Art Director, Marsha Golemac. UN – DYED is both a temporary store and exhibition and will be open to the public for a limited time, from June 23-30, 2019 at Emporium Melbourne.

Opportunity | Fashion Equipped

Opportunity | Fashion Equipped

Melbourne-based fashion consultancy, Fashion Equipped are the masterminds behind the ‘Start Your Fashion Business’ (SYFB) online learning programme, designed to equip upcoming fashion business owners with the skills to successfully launch and run their own fashion business. Fashion Equipped have a series of exclusive offers for AFC and Curated members…

Fashion Equipped Announces New Social Media Coaching Programme + Partnership With WGSN

Fashion Equipped Announces New Social Media Coaching Programme + Partnership With WGSN

Fashion Equipped Announces New Social Media Coaching Programme + Partnership With WGSN! The new year is in full swing at Fashion Equipped, with some very exciting announcements which are set to make this year the best one yet for the fashion consultancy team…

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!

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…

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.