From left to right: Dion Lee, Romy Frydman, Nancy Pilcher, Margaret Zhang,
Justin O’Shea, Malcolm Carfrae and Kara Hurry
UTS Sydney-based womenswear design graduate Panayota Theodore and RMIT Melbourne-based menswear designer Vlad Kenevsky were each awarded $20,000 and a six-month internship in the USA or Europe as the joint winners of the AUSFF internship grant, to pursue their talent on an international scale.
"Panayota and Vlad both demonstrated a fresh and multi-dimensional approach to fashion," said AUSFF co-founder Malcolm Carfrae. "Their submissions showed variety, innovation and both were excellent self marketers."
Judges present included AUSFF founder Malcolm Carfrae (Global Head of Communications, Public Relations and Media at Ralph Lauren); fashion stylist and icon Brana Wolf; Fashion consultant and former Vogue editor Nancy Pilcher; Editor of Harpers Bazaar, Kellie Hush; Fashion designer Dion Lee; blogger and stylist Romy Frydman; myTheresa.com's Buying Director, Justin O'Shea; Blogger, photographer and model Margaret Zhang; The Woolmark Company's Melissa Grace and Kara Hurry, Head of Communications, RM Williams.
The cocktail party to announce the winners was held at the Hotel Centennial, Woollahra, Sydney in partnership with The Woolmark Company. Also among present were: Edwina McCann, Christine Centenera, Alison Veness, Zac and Jordan Stenmark, Nicky and Simone Zimmermann, Kym Ellery, Camilla Freeman Topper and Marc Freeman and Stuart McCullough, CEO of Australian Wool Innovation, parent company of The Woolmark Company.
"Woolmark is pleased to continue the successful partnership with AUSFF," explained Mr McCullough. "Their objectives align with our own and we believe in supporting the future leaders of our creative industries and tapping into a vast network of Australian talent that is thriving across the globe."
To make a submission for the 2016/2017 AUSFF grants and for further information, visit www.ausff.org.