SYDNEY (November 9, 2017) – The Cutaway in Barangaroo.
The winners of the 10th Australian Fashion Laureate Awards presented by Etihad Airways were announced over dinner with the who’s who of the Australian fashion industry in attendance.
Australian designer Dion Lee was awarded Australian fashion’s most prestigious award, the Australian Fashion Laureate, receiving two Business Class tickets within the Etihad Airways network, marking the first time a reward will be attached to the accolade.
Additional winners included Zimmermann for Best Australian Womenswear, Jac + Jack for Best Australian Menswear, Harrolds for Best Australian Retailer, Dinosaur Designs won the inaugural Best Australian Accessories Designer.
P.E Nation took out The Etihad Airways Emerging Talent Award with the winners receiving two Business Class tickets from Australia to anywhere on Etihad Airways’ global network.
A respected icon in Australian fashion, Dion Lee is regarded by many as one of the most innovative talents in the fashion world, ‘I feel so honoured and am so thankful to the Australian Fashion Industry for all of their support. After a particularly big year for the brand it’s very rewarding and humbling to receive such a prestigious award.’
Margaret Zhang proved her immense talent once again performing on piano “There’s No Space Left In C# Minor,” a three-part short film she debuted via a sensory exposition of her musical process, through an immersive installation designed as a multimedia extension of the film.
The Australian Fashion Laureate celebrates professionals whose careers have promoted and advanced the Australian fashion industry internationally and they are voted for by a panel of industry peers.
Dion Lee joins the likes of previous Laureate winners including Toni Maticevski, Nancy Pilcher, Nicky and Simone Zimmermann of Zimmermann, Jenny Kee, Collette Dinnigan, Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson of Easton Pearson, Carla Zampatti, Simon Lock and Akira Isogawa.
The winners of the 10th Australian Fashion Laureate Awards are:
THE AUSTRALIAN FASHION LAUREATE
BEST AUSTRALIAN WOMENSWEAR PRESENTED BY MERCEDES-BENZ AUSTRALIA
BEST AUSTRALIAN MENSWEAR
Jac + Jack
BEST AUSTRALIAN RETAILER PRESENTED BY DHL
BEST AUSTRALIAN ACCESSORIES
ETIHAD AIRWAYS EMERGING TALENT AWARD
Phoebes Garland is the Co-founder & Co-owner of Garland & Garland Fashion & Fashion, a boutique leading fashion sales & consultancy agency based in Sydney.
Between the two of them, Phoebes & Robert Garland have over 60 years’ sales experience in fashion, publishing and advertising.
Phoebes is an industry mentor to designers with Australian fashion industry body, Australian Fashion Chamber and is on the Advisory Board for Fashion Design Studio (TAFE NSW) and is a regular contributor to Australian fashion industry magazine, Ragtrader.
A passionate supporter for finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease, Phoebes Garland is also an ambassador to Shake it up Australia Foundation, which is partnered with the Michael J Fox Foundation.
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