TOUR DE FORCE
As the Australian FashionF Chamber marks almost three years since its inception, Vogue celebrates our diverse and original local talent. By Alice Birrell. Styled by Mikey Ayoubi. Photographed by Jake Terrey.
With the Australian Fashion Chamber on a roll, Vogue celebrates our local talent.
It’s no secret that vision is vital in fashion. As for establishing a peak body for one of the most dynamic of industries, vision also lights fuses. “The AFC started with a huge ambition but started on a wing and a prayer,” says the Australian Fashion Chamber’s general manager Courtney Miller. Almost three years in, the chamber already has an august list of achievements. A program called Designers Abroad has seen some of our most prodigious talents establish a presence in Paris. “It’s evolved in the last couple of years to really be an institution that helps our designers,” Miller reflects. Not only that, but the chamber has connected Antipodean talents, playing matchmaker for mentors and mentees, as well as providing a framework for labels as businesses to operate within, among other crucial initiatives that guide and promote growth. Miller plans to establish a platform in New York, building on the awareness of the creativity and original thinking unique to Australian designers. “We believe fashion is yet another opportunity for Australia to tell the varied stories of our country and to change the perception of who we are,” she says. Here, our designers reflect on their paths to Paris and the importance of the kind of backing that’s with them all the way.
Christopher Esber (top right) wears his own clothes; all models (above) wear Christopher Esber. From left: Carla Pereira wears a camisole, $490, and culottes, $890. Elah Garcia wears a shirt, $790, and dress, $1,900, worn underneath. Appoline...