WINNERS OF THE 2015 AUSTRALIAN FASHION LAUREATE AWARDS ARE ANNOUNCED

SYDNEY (October 23, 2015) – The winners of the 2015 Australian Fashion Laureate Awards have been announced today, at a ceremony hosted at the Sydney Opera House, with former VOGUE Australia Editor-in-Chief Nancy Pilcher awarded Australian fashion’s most prestigious award, the Australian Fashion Laureate. Additional winners across the categories included Maticevski for Best Australian Womenswear, Calibre for Best Australian Menswear, Scanlan Theodore for Best Australian Retailer and STRATEAS.CARLUCCI for Best Australian Emerging Designer.

A well respected icon in Australian fashion, Nancy Pilcher was awarded the Laureate in recognition for her contribution to the industry, through her former roles as Editor-in-Chief for VOGUE Australia and Vice-President of Editorial Development in the Asia Pacific region for Conde Nast. Integral in the establishment of Australian Fashion Week in 1996, Nancy has been exemplary in her efforts to champion the Australian fashion industry on a domestic and international level throughout her career.

The event held at the Sydney Opera House brought together a number of notables within the fashion industry to celebrate the Australian fashion industry. Fashion authority and VOGUE International Editor, Suzy Menkes attended the awards ceremony as the guest of honour during her visit to Australia’s fashion capital Sydney.

“I feel honoured to be in Sydney to be able to be a part of presenting these awards to such deserving designers and icons within the Australian Fashion Industry”, says Suzy Menkes.

For a second year, the Australian Fashion Laureate award categories were extended to encompass Womenswear, Menswear, Retailer and Emerging Designer.

“I am immensely privileged to shine a spotlight on this year’s industry elected Australian fashion icons and 2015 Laureate recipient, Nancy Pilcher” said Emily Weight, Director of Strategy and Brand, IMG Fashion. “It is through their dedication, creativity and passion that the Australian fashion industry’s global profile is so strong. We were delighted to have Suzy Menkes in Sydney to recognise and celebrate the diverse creativity in Australian fashion, on the precipice of the evolution of Fashion Week in Australia.”

Now in its eighth year, the Australian Fashion Laureate celebrates professionals whose careers have promoted and advanced the Australian fashion industry internationally and is truly a distinct honor as they are voted for by a panel of industry peers.  Nancy Pilcher joins the likes of previous Laureate winners including Nicky and Simone Zimmermann of Zimmermann, Jenny Kee, Collette Dinnigan, Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson of Easton Pearson, Carla Zampatti, Akira Isogawa as well as Simon Lock, the founder of Australian Fashion Week.

An IMG initiative, supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, this was the first time the Australian Fashion Laureate was orchestrated as a stand-alone event, outside of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

The winners for the Australian Fashion Laureate Awards are:

THE AUSTRALIAN FASHION LAUREATE

Nancy Pilcher

BEST AUSTRALIAN WOMENSWEAR

Maticevski

BEST AUSTRALIAN MENSWEAR

Calibre

BEST AUSTRALIAN RETAILER

Scanlan Theodore

BEST AUSTRALIAN EMERGING DESIGNER

Strateas.Carlucci

For the first time, the recipient of the Best Australian Emerging Designer category was also awarded with $10,000, thanks to St.George Bank.

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From left to right: Peter Strateas & Mario-Luca Carclucci (Strateas.Carlucci), Liberty Collins & Jenny Lewis (Scanlan Theodore), Special Guest Suzy Menkes, Nancy Pilcher, Ty Henschke (Calibre), Toni Maticevski (Maticevski), Cassie Callegher (Calibre)

 

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Editorial images will be available within hours of the event here: http://www.gettyimages.com.au/search/events/584031549

The Australian Fashion Laureate is an IMG initiative, supported through a Strategic Partnership with the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, and supported by Jan Logan, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and St.George Bank.

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For press enquiries, contact: Natalia Mimo, NAC Media Group, +61 2 9357 3600, natalia@nacmedia-group.com

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