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Project NextGen is an initiative that is intended to provide a platform to discover and support emerging Australian fashion designers. By connecting these gifted individuals with an experienced panel of industry insiders, the program mentors Australian talent to help them hone a broad range of skills and elevate their profile through industry connections and ongoing business support.

Access to fashion business experts, combined with real-world practical experience, Project NextGen offers finalists the knowledge required to help develop a thriving career and the tools necessary to create a successful business beyond the initial launch of a collection.



Applications are now open until 21st December, 2016.


Applicants selected to move to Phase Two will be notified by email 23 December 2016.

Terms and conditions found here


2017 JUDGES:

  • Nancy Pilcher (Industry Icon & Australian Laureate Recipient)
  • Melissa Grace (Woolmark)
  • Eva Galambos (Director & Buyer, Parlour X)
  • Alison Veness (Editor-In-Chief, 10 Magazine)
  • Ruth Gruca (Fashion Director, MADE)
  • Anna McLeod (Director, Marketing & Industry Relations, IMG)
  • Daniel Bracken (Chief Merchandise & Customer Officer, Deputy CEO, Myer)
  • Kelly Elkin (Clean Cut)
  • Emma Van Haandel (Founder & Director, EVH PR)



  • The right to take part in the NextGen group show with the other Project NextGen winners
  • IMG to provide the following services for the NextGen Show:
    • Show producer;
    • Models;
    • Hair and makeup from the official hair and makeup partners of MBFWA
  • The NextGen Show will be listed on the Official MBFWA Schedule and global website
  • Promotion and marketing of the NextGen Show across digital and social media platforms
  • Inclusion in the online Designer Directory for MBFWA17
  • Allocated seating at the NextGen Show for each winning designer



  • ANNA QUAN (Anna Quan)
  • HOLYSTONE (Renee Sealey)
  • JASON HEWITT (Jason Hewitt)
  • KALIVER (Roni Cross)
  • MONSTER ALPHABETS (Sarah Ryoko Watanbe)
  • THIRD FORM (Merryn Kelly)

2016 JUDGES:

  • Edwina McCann (Editor-In-Chief Vogue Australia)
  • Kellie Hush (Editor-In-Chief Harper’s Bazaar Australia)
  • Justin O’Shea (Buying Director
  • Emily Weight (Director Fashion IMG Australia)
  • Eva Galambos (Director & Buyer Parlour X)
  • Chris Buchanan (GM Ellery)
  • Donna Player (Merchandise Director David Jones)
  • Kelly Francis (Fashion Director MADE)


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