fash­ion

With whim­si­cal de­signs and ex­pert tai­lor­ing his call­ing card, young Ade­laide de­signer Paolo Se­bas­tian is tak­ing the fash­ion world by storm.

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Folk­loric gowns by Ade­laide-based la­bel Paolo Se­bas­tian.

Aper­fec­tion­ist with a pen­chant for clas­sic beauty, Paul Vasileff’s dreamy la­bel Paolo Se­bas­tian has emerged from hum­ble Ade­laide be­gin­nings to grace star-stud­ded red car­pets, fash­ion run­ways, mag­a­zine cov­ers and a grow­ing in­ter­na­tional clien­tele.

Just 26 years old, Vasileff has al­ready been in the busi­ness for 10 years; he launched the Paolo Se­bas­tian la­bel at age 16. his de­signer roots stem fur­ther back than that, how­ever. Vasileff’s grand­mother taught him to sew as a child, and he de­signed his first gown at age 11 based on his fas­ci­na­tion with dis­ney films and the­atri­cal cos­tumes.

his whim­si­cal evening gowns and lux­u­ri­ous wed­ding dresses con­tinue to be in­spired by fables, folk­lore and fairy princesses, along with the hope that ev­ery woman will feel like Cin­derella when­ever she wears one of his en­chant­ing cre­ations.

his au­tumn/win­ter 2016 col­lec­tion, The Snow Maiden, is in­spired by Slavic folk­tales of a win­ter em­press re­dis­cov­er­ing her true iden­tity as the spirit of win­ter. To this end, the ethe­real gowns fea­ture hand-sewn snowflakes, op­u­lent folk em­broi­deries and del­i­cate crys­tal em­bel­lish­ment cou­pled with un­ex­pected tex­ture and de­tail evok­ing old-world glam­our: vel­vet, fur and em­broi­dered cash­mere.

dra­matic in design but in­fin­itely fem­i­nine, tones of soft gold, ruby, ice blue and snow white per­me­ate his 12th col­lec­tion. each ex­act­ing creation is a labour-in­ten­sive en­deav­our; Vasileff says each gown is as much a work of art be­hind the seams as it is on its façade.

Fol­low­ing lo­cal train­ing in dress­mak­ing and tai­lor­ing, he won a schol­ar­ship to study at the pres­ti­gious isti­tuto eu­ropeo di design in Mi­lan in 2010. he says the Paolo Se­bas­tian head of­fice will al­ways be in Ade­laide, even as his in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion grows. he now has stock­ists in Kuwait, new York and Sin­ga­pore and his de­signs are be­ing worn on the os­cars red car­pet as well as by brides across the globe want­ing a beau­ti­ful be­spoke wed­ding dress for their spe­cial day. www.paolose­bas­tian.com

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