Australian Fashion Hall of Fame
The Australian Fashion Hall of Fame celebrates those who have made a significant contribution to the Australian fashion industry.
Australian fashion is often relaxed and playful, due to our outdoor lifestyle, warm climate and diverse cultural influences. Australian designers also have a reputation for breaking conventions. In 1965 it was at a Melbourne racetrack that English model Jean Shrimpton first wowed the world with the mini-skirt. Local designer Prue Acton ran off a number of similar knee-baring skirts and found herself leading a bold global fashion trend. Joseph Saba that same year, began cutting trousers and shirts near Prue in Melbourne’s Flinders Lane. Today his Saba line in a very Australian way still blends elegance and practicality. Another Australian designer within the 1980s that has longevity is Carla Zampatti, who began connecting lightweight fabrics with classic Italian cuts.
Today there are many Australian designers on the international fashion stage. Experience red-carpet glamour of Lisa Ho, that has dressed celebrities for instance Carmen Electra and Tyra Banks .Check out the uber-feminine creations of Leona Edmiston and summon your inner rocker with Wayne Cooper. Discover Collette Dinnigan, whose designs regularly grace the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week. There are many other acclaimed Australian designers some include Akira Isogawa, Alex Perry, Alexander McQueen, Anna Hewett, Lill Jenner, Becky Cooper, Bridget Yorston, Nicola Finetti, Josh Goot, Kirrily Johnston, Alice McCall, Alannah Hill, Lydia Pearson, Pamela Easton, Aurelio Costarella, Kit Willow, George Gross, Harry Watt, Jayson Brunsdon, Sarah- Jane Clarke, Heidi Middleton and Nicky and Simone Zimmerman.
The Australian Fashion Hall of Fame will be celebrated during Australia’s signature annual event the AFDY’s “Australian Fashion Designer of the Year” awards. The AFDY’s honouring the emerging talent, rising stars and leading designers of Australian fashion.