Now in its fifth year, this exclusive invitation-only event will feature eight of Australia’s top designers and will award new design talent in the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award and BT Illustration Competition.
The event will be held on Thursday 27 April 2017 at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney, and will see BT partner again with Vogue Australia and the Australian Fashion Chamber. BT is proud to be able to help foster and support young talent in this important Australian industry.
We will again be supporting Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organisation which supports women with professional clothing and coaching to find jobs and keep them.
BT is committed to working with all our clients to achieve their financial and life goals. Preparing for the best is at the heart of what we do and we have been supporting Australians since 1969, bringing greater prosperity to our clients and their communities.
Chief Executive Officer, BT Financial Group
General Manager, BT Private Wealth
Dress for Success’s mission is to promote the economic independence of women in need by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life.
Dress for Success Sydney believes that helping women secure and retain employment is central to improving the quality of life for themselves, their families and the community.
They help to provide interview outfits, career support services, one on one coaching and a week’s worth of professional clothing once clients find a job.
Visit sydney.dressforsuccess.org to discover how you can help increase the employability of women in need by donating clothing, supporting the organisation, volunteering or helping in other ways.
Bianca Spender is forging a reputation for intriguing modern clothes with a fiercely independent attitude. Her designs are known to mix structure with fluidity, resulting in looks which are sophisticated and spirited.
Of paramount importance to Bianca in the design process is finding a sense of balance. With references ranging from art, nature and music to fashion through the ages, Bianca seeks a new modernity. Clothes that combine both intelligent constructions yet have ease and movement have become her signature. With a fresh approach, Bianca Spender's eye for detail and strong focus on shape, form and tailoring has given her a distinct style that is gaining a discerning and loyal following. Bianca Spender is the daughter of iconic designer Carla Zampatti.
Since its launch in 2003, CAMILLA AND MARC has become the local star in luxury womenswear. Brother-sister duo Camilla Freeman Topper and Marc Freeman identified and established a sophisticated tone that reflects the ease of the Australian lifestyle, allowing them to build a brand ethos that is at once contemporary and effortlessly elegant.
The evolution of the CAMILLA AND MARC brand has been a carefully considered process. Important foundations were put in place early on, by nurturing the key message of the brand – luxurious, high-end fashion for discerning consumers– and by establishing what would be the signature product offerings: luxe party wear, classic tailoring and separates. Whilst perfecting the process, CAMILLA AND MARC garnered an enviable fan base of stylish young women – such as Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Kirsten Dunst and Rose Byrne.
Carla Zampatti is Executive Chairman of Carla Zampatti and is a board member of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, the European Australian Business Council, Sydney Dance Company and Scalabrini Village. She is also former Chairman of the SBS Corporation, a former trustee of the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation Trust and a former director of several boards including Westfield Holdings and McDonalds Australia.
Born in Italy, Carla settled with her family in Australia in 1950. The Carla Zampatti label is now renowned for beautiful clothes that combine Australian creativity with Italian style. Her retail network comprises 34 boutiques and concept stores across Australia.
The Australian Fashion Laureate was awarded to Carla in August 2008. This award recognises outstanding achievement and is the highest award honoured in the Australian fashion industry.
Dion Lee is a designer brand hailing from Sydney, Australia, established in 2009 by its eponymous Creative Director. Renowned for experimental construction combined with traditional tailoring, the brand has pioneered a modern identity for Australian fashion. The Dion Lee aesthetic is technical with an intelligent sensuality.
Each collection marries innovative construction, with a consciousness of the female form. Textiles are engineered to form sculptural embellishments. Architectural silhouettes are dissected to enhance movement and the flow of air and light.
After debuting at Australia Fashion Week, Dion Lee presented collections in London before relocating to New York, where the brand has become a permanent fixture on the seasonal schedule. Dion Lee is sold globally in over 60 of the world’s most exclusive retailers including Net-A-Porter, Bergdorf Goodman, Selfridges and David Jones.
Established as a label in 2003, Gary Bigeni is a fashion anomaly with a reputation for masterful drape, intelligent silhouettes and a sophisticated use of colour; it’s easy to be seduced by the quiet confidence exuded by the clothes he creates as each piece is carefully considered to become a wardrobe staple for the modern woman. The beauty in the simplicity offers the wearer the ultimate in restrained chic; a gentle sophistication.
Gary Bigeni signature is preserved with modern silhouettes and understated complexities that cleverly translate into a versatile everyday wardrobe for woman. Refined lines, controlled drape and effortless elegance define the Gary Bigeni aesthetic and collections always maintain a focus on luxury fabrications such as silk, wool and fine Italian cottons; Gary punctuates his seasonal collections with regular artist collaborations for prints which have included Matthew Johnson, Eduardo Santos and Marie Hagerty.
Gary Bigeni is now stocked in over 25 boutiques nationally in Australia including Bloodorange, Ricarda, Periscope, McClean & Page, The Annex, Department and Adrenalin also available online.
Ginger & Smart designs for spirited women whose distinctive style is an expression of their individuality. A sense of cool confidence and discovery underpins the luxury contemporary design aesthetic of the brand, which seeks to combine the polished and the playful aspects of a woman. Founded in 2002 by Sydney-based sisters Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, the inspiration to establish the business came from the desire to combine family talent to build a strong fashion-lifestyle brand with Alexandra's creative business background as an editor and publisher for high-quality lifestyle magazines, combined with Genevieve's years spent at the design helm of some of Australia's most successful fashion businesses.
Ginger & Smart combines captivating design with the finest quality materials and first rate manufacturers. Accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia, the brand product mix includes designer fashion, a leather accessories line, a spa collection and a newly launched diffusion collection called Akin by Ginger & Smart. Ginger & Smart has four dynamic stores and is available in over 60 boutiques in Australia, including David Jones.
Manning Cartell embodies a contradiction of elements, strong, tough but still beautiful with a balance of luxury and utility. Founded in 2005, Manning Cartell is a Sydney-based women's wear brand created by sisters Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning.
Having a shared vision for the brand contributed to the name Manning Cartell, a pairing of the sibling's family name and 'Cartell' referencing a collective, group or family. Innovative fabrics of texture, colour and print are fundamental; whilst the imagery drives and defines the tenor of each collection giving Manning Cartell its distinctive imprint...visual richness framed by disciplined cutting.
Quality, respect and an ethical approach to creating beautifully Australian made collections is an integral part of the brand's DNA and in 2012 Manning Cartell was accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. Today Manning Cartell is found in selected Australian and international boutiques with flagship stores in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
Founded in 2007 by Australian designer Rachel Gilbert, the brand offers intricate hand embellished designs for event wear and Bridal as well as a selection of modern separates.
Worn by some of the most accomplished and iconic women of our time and celebrated across the globe, Rachel Gilbert is sold throughout the world's premier luxury department stores and high end boutiques including Harrods, Neiman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman & David Jones.
Luxury infiltrates every element of the brand, from the design of the garments, which are produced to the finest quality, to the store presentation and customer service experience of the flagship boutiques located in Paddington, Sydney and Armadale, Melbourne.
Rachel continues growth in her bridal collections fitting to the modern bride. Floor sweeping gowns are tailored so elegantly to enhance the female form, creating a timeless sophisticated feel for the Rachel Gilbert bride.
The award is a major part of BT Runway for Success and will see another great fresh Australian designer join an alumni of previous award winning talent – macgraw (2016), Emma Mullholland (2015), Michael Lo Sordo (2014) and Christopher Esber (2013). The prestigious award provides the winner with a prize package valued at $50,000, and importantly financial advice to help them in their future careers in the fashion industry.
The BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award was established in 2013 with the goal of identifying emerging designers and providing support in the form of financial support, advice and mentoring.
BT is proud to foster and encourage new design talent with the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award to help one of fashion's rising stars prepare for their best future in an industry that helps others to prepare for their best. BT has been helping Australians and their fashion icons establish and grow their businesses since 1969. It has supported its fashion clients by helping them become better investors, showing them how to grow and protect their wealth and to prepare for the best.
Applicants will be judged on:
The applications received will be vetted by an appointed fashion industry body (the Australian Fashion Chamber). This will include confirming all applicants meet the terms and conditions of entry. Using professional industry experience it will select a list of five semi-finalists based upon the applicants' experience, design style, business vision, manufacturing quality and marketing/ presentation.
A judging panel of two to five fashion industry professionals (media, designers, retailers, and beyond) will be brought together annually as the judging panel for the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award. One of the members will be appointed as head judge. The semi-finalists applications will be provided to the judging panel, which will score the applications. Based on the scores received the semi-finalists will be placed 1st to 5th.
The top three will be contacted by the appointed fashion industry body to confirm their participation at the BT Runway for Success event held by BT.
The head judge will be present at the BT Runway for Success event to validate the first place decision by the judging panel; the head judge reserves the right to change the decision on the first place position based on the catwalk presentation.
First place will be announced at the BT Runway for Success event. BT will liaise directly with the winner to award the prize.
BT is proudly investing in Australia's young and exceptionally gifted emerging fashion designers, encouraging them to reach their full potential by rewarding a nominated winner with a prize package valued at over $70,000.
Edwina McCann Editor in Chief, Vogue Australia Editor-in-Chief and Australian Fashion Chamber Chairwoman
Rebecca Lim Chief Compliance Officer & Group General Counsel, Westpac
Lee Mathews Founder & Designer, Lee Mathews
Amanda Shadforth Creative Director of Oracle Fox
Leanne Whitehouse Founder, Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia and AFC Board Member
Camilla Freeman Owner and Creative Director, Camilla and Marc
Carla Zampatti Owner and Creative Director, Zampatti
Edwina McCann Editor in Chief, Vogue Australia & Chairman, Australian Fashion Chamber
Elle Perrson Director Strategy and Brand Development, IMG Fashion
Glynis Traill-Nash Fashion Editor, The Australian
Janice Breen Brooks Blogger, Voxfrock
Jo-Ann Kellock CEO, Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia
Kellie Robertson Relationship Director, Westpac Private Bank
Lee Mathews Founder & Designer, Lee Mathews
Lindy Klim Fashion Commentator, Co-founder & Creative Director, Milk & Co
Madeleine Allman Head of mywardrobe.com
Margaret Zhang Blogger, Shinebythree, model, presenter, stylist, photographer
Megan Quinn Speciality Fashion Group and Fitted For Work
Nicky Zimmerman Co-founder, Zimmerman
Nicole Warne Blogger, Gary Pepper Girl
Sarah-Jane Clarke Co-founder & Designer, Sass & Bide
Sister duo Beth and Tessa MacGraw launched their eponymous label in April 2012 and have since carved their place in the Australian designer landscape. Fusing classic silhouettes with polished, modern lines, macgraw’s use of beautiful, textural fabrications and luxe yet wearable looks are fast becoming a signature for the label.
macgraw debuted at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in April 2014 to critical acclaim. Elle Australia labeled them ‘designers you need to know’, the Sunday Telegraph named the brand ‘Best newcomer’ and ‘ones to watch’. The label now shows annually at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia and is available in luxury retailers in the UK, USA and Asia and stocked by global e-tailers Farfetch, Moda Operandi and Avenue 32.
Emma's vibrant Australian wildlife designs won her the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award in 2015. "The award helped me put myself out there - it gave me credibility, kudos and validation," Emma says. "It helps with all the hard work to be recognised and awarded. I was up for a few awards last year so it was nice to win one."
Emma's career has moved up and up since she graduated from Ultimo TAFE in 2011 and was one of only four New Innovators chosen to show at Fashion Week that year. At the age of just 24 she took the plunge and started her own label. In 2015, she collaborated with Mambo with a range that came out in New York. She has also been at the G'Day USA initiative exhibiting her designs.
Michael has created a profitable business selling to a number of large international markets including the US and UK with Net-a-Porter, Harvey Nichols and Avenue 32. Like many designers, Michael says he didn't have a business plan at first.
"I'm a creative, a designer, and I haven't had the experience of implementing strategies and putting them into place. The financial help and assistance and contacts that I made through winning the BT Emerging Designer Award in 2014 – I can't sing their praises highly enough," Michael says. "The BT Group has changed my life."
Christopher Esber was the inaugural winner of the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award in 2013, edging out fellow finalists Kahlo and Tome. Since graduating from the Fashion Design Studio in 2007 Christopher has showcased his collections at New York Fashion Week, Australian Fashion Week and was named the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival National Designer Award Winner in 2012.
To expand its design support through the fashion industry, BT Financial Group also holds a BT Illustration Competition each year to provide opportunities to budding fashion and design illustrators to expand their experience and credentials.
Current students from three prominent design schools – Whitehouse Institute of Design, Billy Blue College of Design and
FBI Fashion College – are invited to submit a unique illustration to represent our annual fashion not-for-profit event, BT Runway for Success.
The winning illustrator receives a $1,000 cash prize from BT Financial Group and has their work featured alongside some of Australia's iconic fashion designer labels on event collateral in print, online and mobile.
Whitehouse Institute of Design
Whitehouse Institute of Design
Billy Blue College of Design
Whitehouse Institute of Design
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