Breakout Australian designers unveil collection to fashion industry heavyweights

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) is set to unveil the five faces shaking up the Australian fashion landscape as they dominate the catwalk before a judging panel of some of the biggest industry names in fashion on August 18.

CEA’s Fashion Accelerator will showcase the new ranges from their exceptionally talented cohort of designers before the likes of Lydia Pearson, Amanda Coote, John Condollis, Cameron Votan and Michel Abeysekera.

Fashion Development Manager Thuy Nguyen says that the designers who were born out of this program have shown incredible potential.

“What I have seen come from this talented group of fashion entrepreneurs is nothing short of inspirational and I know that they’re going to make their mark as they present their range at our runway event.

“CEA’s Fashion Accelerator program continues to be an industry leader in opening doors to introduce early fashion businesses to potential investors, partners and industry networks. This event will launch the future of these exciting brands – all with a unique offering to the current market.

“I can’t wait to show the rest of Australia what they’ve achieved and to see them grow from this experience nationally and beyond our waters” says Ms Nguyen.

Lorraine White (Whitelane), Kathrin Bonfigt (Miss Summer), Evie Willsteed (Genkstasy), Alexandra Colburn (Gloria Dulcie) and Tahlia Bowie (Bowie Empire) are the five names that will headline the runway show at Mirra Private Dining and Events.

From boutique corsetry, sustainable surf and beach wear, ungendered Japanese hip-hop inspired streetwear, ethical and sustainable ‘whimsical’ feminine designs and a unisex indigenous high street label, “There won’t be a person left wanting in the room”, says Ms Nguyen.

“CEA’s Fashion Accelerator program is a unique offering that spans over six months of intensive group and working one-on-one with creative fashion entrepreneurs to help them master and strengthen the skills and knowledge to manage a successful, sustainable fashion business. This is just the beginning of their entrepreneurial journey and their capacity to grow is very exciting”.

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