BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award | Apply Now

Entries have officially opened for the 2019 BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award. The prestigious award aims to identify and showcase Australia’s most promising emerging fashion designers and provide support in the form of financial means, access to services and mentoring.

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The initiative was first established in 2013 and has since become one of Australia’s most esteemed designer awards. It has fostered the success of a number of Australian designers, as they develop from emerging labels into household names, including; Albus Lumen (2018), Kacey Devlin (2017), McGraw (2016), Emma Mulholland (2015), Michael Lo Sordo (2014) and Christopher Esber (2013).

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Applicants must have produced a minimum of three seasonal collections, have traded in business for under seven years and have an annual sales turnover of less than $2 million. Applications will be judged upon their design, styling and fit capabilities, business acumen and potential for commercial success, their demonstration of sustainable and ethical practices, their marketing and social media skills, and the entrant’s planned use of the prize of the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award.


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The Awards are open to womenswear and unisex designers.


| A $10,000 cash grant and two years of financial planning services provided by BT Financial Group
| Accounting and business advisory services for two years provided by Bentleys NSW
| Legal advice provided by Gilbert + Tobin for two years
| Vogue Australia to produce and style a designer look book
| label.m Australia in conjunction with TONI&GUY Australia will provide;
| Access to their National Artistic Team for two major fashion events
| Two look books or editorial shoots
| A year’s worth of hairdressing at TONI&GUY Australia HQ
| A year’s worth of label.m hair styling products
| Linda Jefferyes makeup for the Vogue look book
| Two return business class flights to London
| A one year subscription with new media content business, Flaunter
| Two mentoring sessions with two fashion industry icons provided by the Australian Fashion Council
| Photo production and video content of the winning collection at the BT Runway event
| A keepsake engraved trophy


Application forms and further conditions of entry are available at the BT Runway website here.


| Edwina McCann | Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia, Vogue Living, GQ Australia and Australian Fashion Council Co-Chair (Head Judge)
| Bianca Spender | Founder & Designer of Bianca Spender
| Melissa Singer | Fashion Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age
| Jaana Quaintance-James | Head of Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing for THE ICONIC
| Rebecca Lim | Group Executive, Compliance, Legal & Secretariat for Westpac Group

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Image - Edwina McCann Editor-in-Chief Vogue Australia


Tuesday 30 October 2018


For more information please view the website here.