On November 22, in beautiful Sydney, IMG announced the winners of the prestigious Australian Fashion Laureate. In its 15th year this award celebrates and honours those individuals who have played a significant role in the growth and cultural impact of fashion both within and beyond Australia. Winners were announced at a prestigious luncheon and ceremony at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Australian Fashion Laureate Lifetime Achievement Award went to the colourful Ken Done. Designer of the Year was awarded to Camilla and Marc. Emerging Designer of the Year Award was won by the new label on everyone’s lips, Alemais.
The extremely popular Rebecca Vallance was voted People’s Choice. I was lucky enough to see Rebecca speak at Australian Fashion Week in 2021 and after more than 10 years in the business her work ethic and flair for design has culminated in her winning this coveted award. The people have spoken.
Indigenous Designer of the Year was Laura Thompson from Clothing the Gaps. Sustainable Innovation of the Year went to Sarah and Sebastian. The Carla Zampatti Award for Excellence in Leadership was won by the tireless Leila Naja Hibri who I have seen speak passionately on many panels at Australian Fashion Week.
The Australian Fashion Laureate provides a platform to show the depth and expertise of the Australian Fashion Industry. It is judged by industry professionals, leading fashion journalists, stylists, communication professionals and top retail executives. We congratulate those winners who have survived, emerged and thrived during the difficult times of the last few years in the fashion industry.
Freelance writer, wife and mother of three sons, occasional supply teacher and aspiring romance author, Michelle Beesley can be most often found in a coffee shop chatting with friends or beside a rugby field cheering on her favourite teams.
Michelle is a prolific—albeit reluctant—traveller, keen walker, bookworm and yoga enthusiast who loves anything pink or sparkly (including champagne!).