Education

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.

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.

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.


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!

Meet | Nicki Colls

Meet | Nicki Colls

Ahead of the upcoming Festival of Natural Dyes, we caught up with Fibreshed Melbourne co-founder Nicki Colls, to talk through festival highlights and her work in building networks across our local supply chain.

Funding for Women's Leadership Development

Funding for Women's Leadership Development

Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s fashion and beauty sector. The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $8,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs. 

Standards Australia | Young Leaders Program

Standards Australia | Young Leaders Program

Applications are now open for the Standards Australia Young Leaders Program 2018/19! The program selects emerging industry and technical experts and provides them with an exciting opportunity to become involved in the national and international standardisation processes supporting Australian industry and government.

The State of Fashion 2018 | Australia

The State of Fashion 2018 | Australia

In collaboration with McKinsey & Company, we were delighted to last week host an industry leaders’ reception to launch The State of Fashion 2018 report in Australia. Joined by MC Clare Press, Sustainability Editor-at-Large at Vogue Australia, and guest speaker Jack Calhoun, Senior Adviser at McKinsey & Company, the evening saw Jack share key insights on the trends shaping the global fashion industry in 2018, as well as how the Australian industry stacks up. 

Fashion Equipped | Social Media Success Coaching Programme

Fashion Equipped | Social Media Success Coaching Programme

AFC members, Claire Goldsworthy (The Fashion Advocate) and Elizabeth Formosa (Fashion Equipped) have partnered to offer an exclusive learning program: Social Media Success Coaching.

Redress Design Award 2018!

Redress Design Award 2018!

Following intense rounds of preliminary judging, the 30 semi-finalists for the Redress Design Award 2018 have been unveiled. Organised by Hong Kong-based environmental NGO Redress, this year’s competition has been the toughest cycle yet since the launch of the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition in 2011. Reviewing a record number of applications from 56 regions, the expert judging panels scored the applicants based on creativity, originality, sustainability and market viability in order to cut hundreds of ambitious young sustainable designers down to just 30, including 1 Australian designer; Tess Whitfort from Boxhill Institute!

Fashion Equipped's 'Start Your Fashion Business' Online Programme | April Intake

Fashion Equipped's 'Start Your Fashion Business' Online Programme | April Intake

Enrolments are now open for Fashion Equipped's third intake of their online programme for  fashion start-ups and emerging business.Fashion Equipped are offering an exclusive $500 discount to AFC Members, valid till April 20th 2018. Simply email info@ausfashioncouncil.com to receive your discount code!

SCCI FASHION HUB 2018

SCCI FASHION HUB 2018

Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) is a vibrant platform for the exchange of the most challenging and contemporary ideas on fashion and architecture.The first SCCI Fashion Hub takes place from 5 to 21 April 2018 — tickets and information available from www.scci.org.au.

Circular Fashion | What Innovations can we Look to?

Circular Fashion | What Innovations can we Look to?

The natural resources that fashion designers have relied on for generations have depleted at an exponential rate over the past 15 years. In reality, we’re potentially facing complete exhaustion of most natural resources by 2030. In response, it’s been announced that Australia’s first, industry only, Circular Fashion Conference will take place in Sydney Australia on 22 March 2018.

The Pattern Making Class

The Pattern Making Class

Get ready Melbourne, it’s time to create! CTF Members Glen Rollason and Scott Bowring of RB Patterns have newly launched The Pattern Making Class, created to cater for the overwhelming demand of individuals asking for private tuition...

EMOTION RESEARCH

EMOTION RESEARCH

This research focuses on how negative emotions may be alleviated through intelligent materials with the focus group being Creative Entrepreneurs in the Textile and Fashion industry in their early stages of their entrepreneurship. Having previously worked as a textile/graphic designer herself, Rashmita Bardalai, the PhD researcher at RMIT University, can empathise with some of the issues faced by creative entrepreneurs in this industry.

The Australian Circular Fashion Conference 2018

The Australian Circular Fashion Conference 2018

With mounting environmental pressure, Australia’s disposable fashion crisis is helping forge new alliances between the recycling sector and advocacy groups. This year, a group of industry advocacy specialists and Australia’s most renowned sustainability experts have joined forces to announce The Australian Circular Fashion Conference.

FASHION EQUIPPED LAUNCHES ONLINE PROGRAMME & $10K MENTORING SCHOLARSHIP

FASHION EQUIPPED LAUNCHES ONLINE PROGRAMME & $10K MENTORING SCHOLARSHIP

CTF Members Fashion Equipped have launched their online programme for starting a fashion business, the first of it's kind, and a $10k mentoring scholarship!