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Australians in New York Fashion Federation expands into Europe

19 December 2012

The Australians in New York Fashion Foundation yesterday announced that thanks to a partnership with The Woolmark Company, it is expanding its operations to Europe and rebranding to the Australian Fashion Foundation (AUSFF).

Natasha Fagg and Tim Watson were each awarded $20,000 and a six month internship in the USA or Europe as the joint winners of the AUSFF internship grant
Natasha Fagg and Tim Watson were each awarded $20,000 and a six month internship in the USA or Europe as the joint winners of the AUSFF internship grant.

Also announced were the 2012/2013 internship winners - Natasha Fagg and Tim Watson.

Melbourne-based RMIT womenswear design graduate Natasha Fagg and Perth-based menswear designer Tim Watson were each awarded $20,000 and a six month internship in the USA or Europe as the joint winners of the AUSFF internship grant, to pursue their talent on an international scale.

"Natasha and Tim are the future of Australian fashion," said AUSFF co-founder Malcolm Carfrae. “Their submissions showed expert use of technology, design skill and innovation. The garments showed a unique perspective - we had seen nothing like them."

Judges present included AUSFF co-founder Malcolm Carfrae (Executive Vice President of Global Communications at Calvin Klein Inc); Conde Nast Asia's Nancy Pilcher; Vogue Australia Fashion Director Jill Davison; Fashion designer Dion Lee; blogger and stylist Romy Frydman, myTheresa.com's Anthony Kendal and The Woolmark Company's Kara Hurry, the last two will head up the London operations for AUSFF.

The cocktail party to announce the winners was held at One Moncur in Sydney in partnership with The Woolmark Company. Also among present were Gail Elliott (wearing Little Joe), Ruby Jean Wilson (wearing Ellery), Julia Nobis (wearing Dion Lee), Zac and Jordan Stenmark,  fashion designers Camilla Freeman Topper, Camilla Franks, Michael Lo Sordo and Christopher Esber and editors Edwina McCann, Kellie Hush, Grant Pearce and Alison Veness.

“Woolmark is pleased to continue the successful partnership with AUSFF,” explained Robert Langtry Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for The Woolmark Company. “Their objectives align with our own, we believe in supporting the future leaders of our creative industries and the broadening of the partnership into Europe will tap into a vast network of Australian talent that is thriving across the globe.”

To make a submission for the 2013/2014 AUSFF grant and for further information, visit www.ainyff.org