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Nagnata wins the Westpac Private Bank Emerging Fashion Designer Award 2020

Westpac Private Bank and the Australian Fashion Council are proud to announce premium fashion and lifestyle label NAGNATA winner of the Westpac Private Bank Emerging Fashion Designer Award 2020

by The AFC

15 April 2020

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Nagnata wins the Westpac Private Bank Emerging Fashion Designer Award 2020

Westpac Private Bank and the Australian Fashion Council are proud to announce premium fashion and lifestyle label NAGNATA winner of the Westpac Private Bank Emerging Fashion Designer Award 2020

Now in its eighth year, the Emerging Fashion Designer Award continues to showcase the innovative design talent growing in our local industry. The three finalists, Laura May Gibbs and Hannah Gibbs of NAGNATA, Richard Jarman of COMMAS and Brian Huynh of MNDATORY, were selected from over 45 applications by an esteemed panel of industry experts.

The judges included Edwina McCann (Editorial Director of Vogue Australia, Vogue Living, GQ Australia and Co-Chair of Australian Fashion Council), Marc Freeman (Director of CAMILLA AND MARC), Caterina Scardino (Fashion Stylist) and Melinda Tually (Responsible Sourcing Strategist - Fashion & Retail for Ndless: The New Normal).

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We’re thrilled to continue to be part of an initiative supporting Australia’s emerging designers during these tumultuous times. Now, more than ever, support and recognition of Australia’s creative talent is crucial, not only for the success of the designers involved, but also in shaping our industry and how it recovers on the other side of this crisis.
— Leila Hibri, CEO, Australian Fashion Council

The award was first established in 2013 (under the BT brand) with the goal of identifying Australia’s emerging designers and providing financial support and business mentoring. NAGNATA joins the ranks of Australian fashion labels to take home the coveted fashion design award, including; Blair Archibald (2019), Albus Lumen (2018), Kacey Devlin (2017), macgraw (2016), Emma Mulholland (2015), Michael Lo Sordo (2014) and Christopher Esber (2013).


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Congratulations to NAGNATA! At Westpac Private Bank we are extremely proud to support Australian businesses and entrepreneurs particularly as they continue to innovate to face the challenges of the current global environment. We look forward to helping NAGNATA collaborate with the Award’s generous prize partners to ensure they can maximise this prize and like many winners before, set their business up for enduring success.
— Ashley Stewart, General Manager, Private Wealth, Westpac

As the winner of this year’s award, NAGNATA will receive a prize package valued at over $120,000 provided by Westpac Private Bank and a host of industry supporters. The prize includes:

  • A $10,000 (including GST) cash grant provided by Westpac Private Bank

  • 12 months free insurance provided by Westpac 

  • Financial planning services provided by Viridian Advisory for two years

  • Business advisory, strategy, accounting and wealth services for two years provided by Bentleys NSW

  • Legal advice provided by Gilbert + Tobin for two years

  • A Vogue Australia produced and styled look book

  • A Toni & Guy Australia professional hair service package

  • Linda Jefferyes makeup service package

  • Emirates return Business Class flights for two

  • 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


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MEET NAGNATA

NAGNATA is a premium fashion and lifestyle brand designed for modern movement and studio-to-street style. The brand was founded by Australian fashion designer, stylist and creative director Laura May, and later joined by her sister Hannah, a textile artist and photographer.

Their collections incorporate high-end fashion constructions with contemporary sportswear appeal, offering an unconventional concept to the fashion, lifestyle and activewear markets. Through sustainably focused contemporary fashion lines and artisan collaborations, the brand aims to redefine value and challenge the rampant consumerism engendered by fast fashion.

Follow the link below to read NAGNATA's exclusive interview on Vogue Australia.


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