Vogue Australia reports its editor-in-chief Edwina McCann has been given the Australian Fashion Laureate’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
“It’s a great honour to be voted this year’s Laureate by my peers, whom I respect enormously,” McCann said of the announcement. “I hope this is in recognition of the smooth merger of the Australian Fashion Chamber and the TFIA to become the Australian Fashion Council and also of Vogue’s continued growth in a challenging market.”
The Australian Fashion Laureate Awards, which were hosted by model Georgia Fowler and comedian Ash Williams, were held at Sydney’s State Theatre on Tuesday night.
The best of the best honoured for their work over the last 12 months. From Vogue’s current cover star, Adut Akech, who received model of the year, to honouring Albus Lumen’s breakout role as an emerging brand, the ceremony was a complete celebration of the local industry, with a who’s who of attendees and a talent-packed finalist list.
The Australian Fashion Laureate was established in 2008 by IMG, with the support of the New South Wales Government, to shine an international light on the exceptional talent and creativity within the Australian fashion industry. Australian Fashion Laureate Awards are nominated and voted on by a panel of more than 30 industry leaders, including designers, media, buyers, creatives, brand executives and communications professionals.
“The announcement of the 2018 Australian Fashion Laureate Awards signals the culmination of another strong year for the Australian fashion industry and provides an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate our collective achievements in the company of esteemed peers,” said Natalie Xenita, executive director of IMG Fashion Asia-Pacific. “The introduction of new award categories and a special honouree allows our industry to both acknowledge and promote the efforts and accomplishments of individuals who contribute to this industry’s success, both locally and on the international stage.”
Top Photo: Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann with model Georgia Fowler, host of the 2018 Australian Fashion Laureate Awards