26 October 2016
Australian designers will take centre stage at one of Indonesia’s premier fashion events, Jakarta Fashion Week, showcasing Australia’s ethical clothing movement and a fresh take on classic styles and cuts.
Brother-sister team, Alex and Georgia Cleary from Melbourne label, Alpha60, will bring their sophisticated quirkiness to the Australian Showcase runway show on Wednesday 26 October at 3.30pm at Senayan City.
They’ll be joined by ethical and sustainable fashion line HAN The Label from Brisbane. Designer Khim Hang draws on his Cambodian roots to produce well-tailored shirts and a relaxed aesthetic, advocating that consumers “buy less, buy better”. Khim is an alumni from Queensland University of Technology, a leading Australian design institute.
Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson said the two designers represent the depth and sophistication of Australia’s fashion industry.
“Both of these designers are at the cutting edge of global fashion trends and will launch their new collections at Jakarta Fashion Week,” Ambassador Grigson said.
This is the third year Australian designers have featured at Jakarta Fashion Week, which not only reflects the diversity of the two countries’ relationship but also the importance of the fashion industry to both economies.
Every year, the fashion industry adds $12 billion to Australia’s economy and $15 billion to Indonesia’s. The industry also employs over 220,000 Australians and 4 million Indonesians.
Australian fashion brand Woolmark has also played a key role in connecting international designers to new markets. This year Indonesian designer Toton, took out the Woolmark Prize for Asia – a major achievement that will see him compete for the global Woolmark prize in Paris in January 2017.
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