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.

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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...

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