Australian Fashion Foundation Announces 2023 Scholarships – WWD

SYDNEY – The Australian Fashion Foundation has unveiled its 2023 scholarships, while revealing plans to expand the program to the United States next year.

Now in their 14th year and the foundation’s first physical event in Australia in three years, the awards were unveiled at an event at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art on Monday.

The 2023 winners are fashion designer Kritikon Khamsawat and creative director Olivia Law, recent graduates of Melbourne’s RMIT and Sydney’s Whitehouse Institute of Design, respectively.

In partnership with the American Australian Association and The Next Generation – a new private foundation created by Afterpay co-founder and chief executive Nick Molnar and his wife Gabi – Khamsawat and Law will each receive a US$20,000 grant and, in the meantime global travel restrictions, an internship at a US-based fashion company or editor in 2023.

The jury consisted of Camilla and Marc, co-founder and creative director Camilla Freeman-Topper; Edwina McCann, editor of Vogue Australia; Next Generation director Courtney Miller; Kara Hurry, founder of the Entente Agency, and Malcolm Carfrae, co-founder of the AUSFF and founder and director of the New York public relations agency Carfrae Consulting.

AUSFF co-founders Olivia Law and Kritikon Khamsawat, Australian Fashion Foundation 2023 Scholarship Winners Malcolm Carfrae.

“It’s been a tough two years learning to understand where I’m coming from as a creative and as a designer and now I’m able to figure out where I’m at with my career and my creativity. With this award, I look forward to growing collaboration and community within my practice,” said Khamsawat, who presented a whimsical sportswear capsule featuring a trench coat with a detachable umbrella crinoline skirt and a handbag made from a shoe. Law, meanwhile, impressed the judges with her multitasking prowess on an image portfolio.

“She directed, photographed, styled, retouched, did illustrations for, cast, [did] hair and makeup,” Carfrae said. “She could go to a brand and run content for them, she could handle all the aspects. It’s a good example of what colleges are doing now – students don’t just learn one skill, they learn multiple things and become incredibly complete.

Established in 2008, the Australian Fashion Foundation Scholarship Awards have facilitated internships for Australian fashion graduates at brands such as Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Thom Browne, Proenza Schouler and Alexander McQueen, leading in more than one case to full-time design positions in these companies. .

In 2023, with additional funding received from new partner The Next Generation, the foundation plans to work with US-based fashion colleges to bring a group of their graduate students to Australia to gain experience within the fashion industry. Australian industry. Parsons The New School for Design is a university Carfrae is in discussions with and Afterpay Australian Fashion Week could be a destination for American students, he said.

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