Alexander Oscar Kelvy (second from left) and Grace Butterworth (right), with models, were announced winners of the Australian Fashion Foundation’s annual internship program.
Melbourne-based RMIT menswear design graduate Alexander Oscar Kelvy and RMIT womenswear graduate Grace Butterworth were each awarded AUD20,000 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.
"The winners, Alexander and Grace, distinguished themselves as exceptional creative talent," said AUSFF co-founders Malcolm Carfrae and Julie Anne Quay. "Their submissions displayed originality, innovation and both were engaging presenters."
Judges present included Creative Consultant Nancy Pilcher; Fashion Designer Dion Lee; Fashion Consultant Brana Wolf; TOME's Ryan Lobo; and The Woolmark Company's Director of the Americas, Michelle Lee.
The judging and announcement of the winners were held at The Lord Dudley Hotel in Sydney in partnership with The Woolmark Company. Also present were: Kellie Hush, Editor of Harper's Bazaar Australia and Stuart McCullough, CEO of Australian Wool Innovation, parent company of The Woolmark Company.
"Woolmark is delighted to continue our partnership with AUSFF to support young Australians," explained Robert Langtry Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, The Woolmark Company. "It's through global educational initiatives like this that we can provide invaluable experiences and invest in the future of our highly creative and increasingly recognised talent, as they embark on a successful career."