Australian Fashion Foundation co-founder Malcolm Carfrae (centre) with internship winners Talisa Trantino and Amie Jones.
Melbourne-based RMIT womenswear design graduate Talisa Trantino and Sydney-based Whitehouse graduate Amie Jones, who is a creative director/graphic designer/stylist/photographer 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.
"Talisa and Amie both demonstrated a 360-degree view of the industry and a 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 (Chief Communications Officer and Executive Vice President at Calvin Klein Inc); Conde Nast Asia's Nancy Pilcher; Australian Fashion designer Dion Lee; blogger and stylist Romy Frydman; myTheresa.com's Director of Communications and head of AUSFF European operations Anthony Kendal and The Woolmark Company's Director of the Americas, Michelle Lee.
The cocktail party to announce the winners was held at the Royal Hotel in Paddington, Sydney, in partnership with The Woolmark Company. Also among present were Vogue Australia Editor-in-Chief Edwina McCann, Harper's BAZAAR Editor-in-Chief Kellie Hush, Alison Veness, Nicole Warne,
Australia's Next Top Model winner Melissa Juratowitch, Zac and Jordan Stenmark, Australian fashion designer Michael Lo Sordo and Australian Wool Innovation - parent company of The Woolmark Company - CEO Stuart McCullough.
"Woolmark are pleased to continue the successful partnership with AUSFF," explained The Woolmark Company's Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer Robert Langtry. "Their objectives align with our own, we believe in supporting the future leaders of our creative industries and the broadening of the partnership into Europe will tap into a vast network of Australian talent that is thriving across the globe."
To make a submission for the 2014/2015 AUSFF grants and for further information, visit www.ausff.org.