Design & Innovation

WESTPAC PRIVATE EMERGING FASHION DESIGNER AWARD 2020 

WESTPAC PRIVATE EMERGING FASHION DESIGNER AWARD 2020 

Entries have officially opened for the 2020 Westpac Private Emerging Fashion Designer Award. The prestigious award, formerly known as the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award, aims to identify and showcase Australia’s most promising emerging fashion designers and provide financial support, advice and mentoring…

WE THE MAKERS DESIGN FESTIVAL 2020

WE THE MAKERS DESIGN FESTIVAL 2020

The National Wool Museum will host a major new biennial Design Festival in 2020 – inviting fashion designers, makers and artists to make items of headwear, neckwear (including scarves), bodywear or footwear and complete looks – which respond to the Festival’s 2020 theme of “Design for the Future: Sustainable and Ethical Textiles and Fashion.”

Undress Runways

Undress Runways

Undress Runways was born out of a pop-up runway at a Brisbane car park in 2011. The event  strives for sustainability in fashion, diversity on the runway and setting a higher bar for the industry. Since then, Undress has grown into Australia’s leading sustainable fashion runway event worked on by hundreds of people each year. We have showcased over 100 Australian and international sustainable designers, welcomed more than 5,000 guests to our shows and reached 50,000 people each year.

Meet | Bábbarra Designs

Meet | Bábbarra Designs

Aboriginal fashion designers and textile artists from Bábbarra Designs are taking their creations global with an exhibition at the Australian Embassy in France this September! We were lucky to catch some of the designs at DAAF in Darwin this August, and can’t wait to see what they have planned. We caught up with Ingrid Johanson and Jessica Phillips, Managers at Bábbarra Women’s Centre to hear more about the exhibition, the culture and linguistic diversity it celebrates, and the women involved…

M/FW Student Collections Runway and Award | 2019

M/FW Student Collections Runway and Award | 2019

Congratulations to all the incredibly talented designers who featured in last Sunday's Student Collections runway at Melbourne Fashion Week. The AFC were once again thrilled to support the M/FW Student Award, with this year’s winner Chelsea Subala announced on the night!

Finding the Perfect Match...

Finding the Perfect Match...

This year has seen the launch of some new fashion collaborations including Saint Laurent and Havaianas, Neuw Denim and jewellery designer, Holly Ryan and Gorman and Indigenous artists from the Mangkaja Art Resource Agency Centre.  These pairings give emerging designers much-needed exposure, allow existing labels to experiment and attract new customers and in some cases, make a meaningful contribution.  It’s vital that the parties share the same values, vision and goals for the collaboration.  To avoid a messy break up, it’s critical that the parties see eye-to-eye on legal matters.

AFC | Indigenous Fashion Update

AFC | Indigenous Fashion Update

The recent Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) and From Country to Couture runway held in August this year has once again highlighted the incredible talent of our Indigenous designers and artists, along with the broader impact that opportunities in the Fashion industry can have for Indigenous communities. The event also saw the announcement of an exciting Industry initiative moving ahead in this space; The Inaugural National Aboriginal Fashion Awards to be launched in Darwin next year.

Can Artificial Intelligence Take Over Buying?

Can Artificial Intelligence Take Over Buying?

As an industry notoriously driven by intuition, luxury retailers are beginning to turn to artificial intelligence (AI) for demand-planning and inventory management. By mining social media, a host of AI start-ups are using user-generated content to track the rise and fall of fashion trends.

Knock it Off | Protect Your Brand From Rip-offs

Knock it Off | Protect Your Brand From Rip-offs

Your business’ intellectual property is a valuable asset worth protecting. When knock-offs of your product enter the market, it is important to understand your intellectual property rights and enforcement options. These may include sending a cease and desist letter to the infringer and seeking removal of its product listings from online marketplaces.

Fashion X Technology with Havas | Event Recap

Fashion X Technology with Havas | Event Recap

Last month The Australian Fashion Council partnered with Havas and Oracle to continue an event series designed to bring our industry fresh insights, while also connecting industry members for the exchange of new ideas at the intersection of fashion and technology.


MEET | Handpicked Wines

MEET | Handpicked Wines

If you’ve been to an AFC event or two, you may have noticed us serving Handpicked Wines! The team at Handpicked have been a long time supporter of ours, and the fashion & design sector. We thought it was time to introduce you to some of the people behind our favourite wine, so here’s Imogen Hayes their Global Marketing Manager, to answer a few questions…

From Country to Couture | Meet the Designers

From Country to Couture | Meet the Designers

"From Country to Couture" celebrates the marriage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary fine art and high-end fashion. The success of the textile design movement in remote Indigenous communities has led to exciting collaborations with well known Australian designers. This year, DAAF are proud to present two spectacular shows on August 7th…

Meet | Thread Harvest

 Meet | Thread Harvest

We caught up with Davyn de Bruyn, managing director of Thread Harvest, to hear a bit about where he sees the industry changing, and how Thread Harvest is constantly adapting to offer the best product to their customers while advocating for a more transparent and socially conscious fashion industry.

Flaunter | Opportunity for AFC Members

Flaunter | Opportunity for AFC Members

Meet Flaunter, the online platform making it easy for brands to reach bigger audiences. Save time and scale your PR efforts with image management, sample tracking, media lists and reporting all in the one tool. Flaunter is where brands and media come together to create, connect, and collaborate. To celebrate the ongoing collaboration, Flaunter have a series of exclusive offers just for our AFC members!

Meet | Citizen Wolf

Meet | Citizen Wolf

We caught up with Zoltan Csaki, co-founder of Citizen Wolf, to hear a bit about where he sees the industry changing and how Citizen Wolf is constantly adapting and challenging the status quo to offer the best product to their customers.

Fashion Meets Technology Series | Event Recap

Fashion Meets Technology Series | Event Recap

Last month The Australian Fashion Council, Citizen Wolf and Handpicked Wines partnered to kick off an event series designed to offer our industry an opportunity to connect, learn and discuss all things at the intersection of fashion and technology.