Established by IMG and the New South Wales Government in 2008, the Australian Fashion Laureate rewards and recognises the achievements and exceptional creative talent of the Australian fashion industry.

The winners of the 2019 Australian Fashion Laureate were:

BEST AUSTRALIAN ACCESSORIES Sarah & Sebastian
BEST AUSTRALIAN RETAILER Bassike
OUTSTANDING CREATIVE Jillian Davison
MODEL OF THE YEAR Charlee Fraser
SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION presented by GlamCorner Elk
BEST EMERGING TALENT presented by Etihad Airways Matteau
BEST AUSTRALIAN MENSWEAR Double Rainbouu
BEST AUSTRALIAN WOMENSWEAR Lee Mathews
AUSTRALIAN FASHION LAUREATE Laura Brown

Winners across all nine categories were revealed at CafΓ© Sydney during a celebratory luncheon bringing the Australian fashion industry together.

Laura Brown, was awarded the 2019 Australian Fashion Laureate. As the pinnacle fashion industry honour, the Australian Fashion Laureate category gives consideration to persons who have, over time, made a significant contribution to the growth and development of the Australian fashion industry. The Australian Fashion Laureate statuette was provided by Jan Logan, who has created the award since the inception of the Laureate in 2008.

Following their debut at MBFWA in May this year, Matteau received the Australian Fashion Laureate for Best Emerging Talent. The award is presented by Etihad Airways, showcasing their support for the next generation of Australian fashion designers.

For their ongoing committment to operating an ethical and environmentally minded business and promoting positive social practices, Elk were awarded for Sustainable Innovation. Introduced in 2019, the Sustainable Innovation award recognizes brands that are pioneering best practices or otherwise demonstrating leadership in sustainability. The inaugural Sustainable Innovation award is presented by Glam Corner, Australia’s leading online designer fashion rental service.

Source: The Australian Fashion Laureate