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Australia's premier international sourcing show is back for 2019. Join us in connecting with international industry professionals specialising in apparel, textile manufacturing, marketing and sourcing!

16 October 2019

Entries have officially opened for the 2020 Westpac Private Bank 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…

9 October 2019
Fashion Business | September Edit

Our top fashion business reads for September 2019…

4 October 2019
SDG 5 = The Power of Women and Girls

Welcome back to our series delving into the links between the Sustainable Development Goals and Australia’s textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) industry. This time round, we explore the role the our industry can play in achieving SDG 5; Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

4 October 2019

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.”

4 October 2019
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.

3 October 2019
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…

3 October 2019
.RawAssembly. & the 'Law of Return'

RawAssembly™ Melbourne will be showcasing a wide variety of exhibitors and product innovations that embrace the ‘law of return’ and the positive impact this has on the earth. These exhibitors and innovations are a small part of what will be accessible to all visitors, with the aim to inspire and enable the industry to ‘source differently’ We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne at the Deakin Edge on the 28th & 29th October.

3 October 2019
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…

25 September 2019
David Giles-Kaye to Step Down as AFC CEO

David Giles-Kaye is to step down as CEO of the Australian Fashion Council at the end of 2019 after 4 years in the role. A new CEO has been appointed by the board and will be announced shortly…

22 September 2019
.RawAssembly. Comes to Melbourne

As a new and innovative sourcing event, RawAssembly™ aims to shape a new sourcing culture by providing sustainable textile solutions, showcasing innovative textile products and shaping the ethical and creative values of its visitors. Following the success of their inaugural event in Sydney, RawAssembly™ is excited to launch its second event in Melbourne at the Deakin Edge on the 28th to 29th October 2019…

5 September 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!

4 September 2019

Paris Fashion Week will see a host of AFC Members showcasing in runways and trade events this September. The AFC will also be hosting a series of exclusive industry events during the week to celebrate our local designers and facilitate networking opportunities. With special thanks to The Woolmark Company, the Australian Embassy in Paris, Creative Victoria, The Community, Handpicked Wines and Four Pillars Gin. Here’s a look at some of the incredible local designers you’ll find in the global spotlight…

4 September 2019

New York Fashion Week will see a host of AFC Members showcasing in runways and trade events this September. The AFC will also be holding a series of exclusive industry events during the week to celebrate our local designers and facilitate networking opportunities. With special thanks to Bluestone Lane, The Woolmark Company, the Australian Consulate-General in NYC, jac + bean, Handpicked Wines and Four Pillars Gin…

4 September 2019
Finding the Perfect Match...

This year has seen the launch of some new fashion collaborations including Saint Laurent and Havaianas, Neuw Denim and jewellery designer, Holly Ryan and Gorman and Indigenous artists from the Mangkaja Art Resource Agency Centre.  These pairings give emerging designers much-needed exposure, allow existing labels to experiment and attract new customers and in some cases, make a meaningful contribution.  It’s vital that the parties share the same values, vision and goals for the collaboration.  To avoid a messy break up, it’s critical that the parties see eye-to-eye on legal matters.

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