With new partner Tiffany & Co., the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival have announced the six finalists of this year’s Tiffany & Co. National Designer Award. These are up and coming designers who have been recognised for their outstanding creative talent and potential for growth in the industry.
The finalists are:
CHRISTINA EXIE (VIC)
HARYONO SETIADI (NSW)
Livia Arena (VIC)
This marks the 18th year of the award, and with names like Dion Lee, Toni Maticevski, Christopher Esber, Josh Goot, Yeojin Bae, Romance was Born, Song for the Mute and FROM BRITTEN as previous winners, we can surely expect big things from this year’s contenders.
The winner will be announced at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, happening from 17-23 March. The decision will be made by a judging panel comprising of our editor in chief Kellie Hush, Festival CEO Graeme Lewsey, Managing Director of Tiffany & Co. Glen Schlehuber, David Jones Group Executive – Merchandise Donna Player and the 2013 Award Winner FROM BRITTEN.
And the prize pack? Money couldn't buy it. The winner will receive a cheque for $10,000 and a custom designed trophy from Tiffany & Co. They will then be flown by Virgin Australia to Tiffany & Co. in New York where they will receive a private tour of the flagship store and design workshop. The winner will also have their lookbook for the following season styled by Harper’s BAZAAR Fashion Director Thelma McQuillan, a pop-up store at Westfield Doncaster for one month, legal services from K & L Gates and an exquisite piece from Tiffany & Co.
Image: all finalists for the National Designer Award