FREMANTLE label Morrison was named WA’s Designer of the Year at the 20th anniversary WA Fashion Awards at the State Theatre on Tuesday night.
Kylie Radford and Richard Poulson, the husband-and-wife team behind WA’s most successful label, also took out the $5000 Stephanie Quinlan Award.
Morrison, established in Fremantle in 2002, has 15 stores across Australia. “It’s not easy at times,” Ms Radford said. “At times it’s pretty bloody hard. But when our two boys put their little hands on me and say they are proud of me, it makes it all worthwhile”.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi presented the award in front of a crowd of more than 500 of WA’s fashion elite, media, bloggers and personalities.
Christine Fox, head of Vivien’s WA modelling agency, was recognised for her contribution to the local industry.
A plaque in her honour will be placed on the King Street Walk of Fame, near the site of the agency she opened in 1997 with Vivien’s founder Vivien Smith.
Fox has kickstarted the career of many household names, including Gemma Ward, Nicole Trunfio and Courtney Eaton. The last person to be inducted into the King Street Fashion Walk of Fame was Wheels & Dollbaby designer Melanie Greensmith in 2008.
Claudia Todman took out the STM Model of the Year award. The Chadwick model has walked for more than 20 shows at the New York, Paris and Milan fashion weeks over the past year. “It’s been a huge change from last year,” Todman said. “I especially loved walking for the men’s New York fashion week and experiencing a totally different scene”. Other winners included Teagan Sewell, STM’s former fashion editor, who was named Stylist of the Year, and regular STM fashion photographer Chantel Concei, who won Photographer of the Year.
Stephanie Caulier was awarded the Emerging Designer of the Year award for her label I Love Mr Mittens, while Varga Girl won Retailer of the Year.
Periscope was the winner of the inaugural Perth City Shoppers’ Choice Award. This year’s winners were selected by an industry judging panel that included stylist and PR consultant Zara Bryson, retailer Jessica Chisari, designers Megan Salmon and Sarah Watanabe and Telstra Perth Fashion Festival co-founder/FCWA Creative Director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan.
WINNERS OF THE 20TH ANNUAL WESTERN AUSTRALIAN FASHION AWARDS: WA Designer of the Year: Morrison (Kylie Radford and Richard Poulson) Emerging Designer of the Year: I Love Mr Mittens (Stephanie Caulier) Retailer of the Year: Varga Girl (Leith Groves) Photographer of the Year: Chantel Concei Stylist of the Year: Teagan Sewell King St Fashion Walk of Fame: Christine Fox STM People’s Choice Model of the Year: Claudia Todman of Chadwick Models Perth City Shoppers’ Choice Award: Periscope (Shantha Cokis)
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What is Australian Fashion? Symposium 200 Years of Australian Fashion Exhibition @NGV Australia, Ian Potter Centre
Really, what is it, genuine Australian Fashion? Is there such a thing? Does it have its own identity? Or is it just a copy of European and American brands? Are we tasteless or kitsch? Do we have anything of our own, the embodiment of Australian culture represented in its own symbolic fashion? Are we satisfied with the quality of rag trade publications, retail outlets, and fashion events? What do we think about the image of Australian fashion around the world? Do our upcoming designers get enough support? What does globalisation do to the industry? Do our fashion institutions provide their students with up-to-date business techniques and marketing tools?
These were some of the questions covered during the ‘What is Australian Fashion?’ Symposium. The speakers’ panel included leading Australian fashion designers, NGV curators, fashion historians and researchers, editors of famous glossy magazines such as Vogue Australia and i-D Australia, executives of Melbourne fashion runways, and managers of the city central retail outlets. The commentators were exploring the history and future of producing, presenting and promoting of Australian Fashion, its challenges and opportunities.
After the enthralling talk the visitors were offered a chance to view the newest NGV exhibition of 200 Years of Australian Fashion witch will be held in Ian Potter Centre until 31 July. This was truly a captivating experience, something not to be missed. Attention to all the Melbournian fashionistas, history lovers, art admirers, dressmakers, retail workers, aspiring designers, visual artists and many more! This is where you can trace the development of Australian fashion trade over the two centuries and grasp the creations of leading local designers in all the intricate details.
How did Australian fashion change over decades? What influences did it have? Who are the most celebrated local designers? Are we ready for reincarnation of the renowned fashion apostles such as Flamingo Park place or Georges department store? NGV Australia’s exhibition ‘200 Years of Australian Fashion‘ explores the changes in our fashion landscape, its milestones and the future of the rag trade development. Stay tuned for more details, and make time to visit the exhibition, because it’s really worth it!