Top New Australian Fashion Designers

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Australia has a reputation for producing unique fashion, showcasing durable, quality materials and cutting-edge design. From authentic, wearable Indigenous art to innovatively repurposed textiles and clubwear featured on Euphoria stars, the future looks bright for the next generation of up-and-coming local designers.

While the past two years have been challenging for creatives, they have also spurred a wave of exciting new work and emerging fashion innovators eager to share their creations with the world.

Meet these 10 rising sartorial stars…

With a diverse background in engineering and mining, Wonnarua’s wife, Amanda Healy, turned her talents to designing, launching Kirrikin as a way to address the lack of authentic Aboriginal products. A local word that roughly translates to ‘the best Sunday wear’, Kirrikin produces high-end scarves and ties in luxurious cashmeres and silks with digital prints of striking Aboriginal artwork. A social enterprise that shares profits with its artists, Kirrikin is rapidly gaining popularity in local and international markets.
Brisbane designer Kimbra Jelich aka Kimbralou, is making a name for herself as one of Australia’s most exciting circular fashion designers. With a focus on repurposing second-hand clothes to create entirely new looks, the self-proclaimed hustler credits her resilience and creativity to overcoming personal struggles and developing a conscious vision for a better future. Appearing organically on the Instagram feeds of musicians, artists, and models, her loud, gender-neutral, socially and politically conscious clothing exists for those who love to express themselves through wearable art.
MAARA Collective is an Australian luxury resort clothing line taking a collaborative approach to fashion and lifestyle. Referring to the name “hands” in the Yuwaalaraay and Gamilaraay language groups, MAARA was founded by Creative Director Julie Shaw to showcase and celebrate Indigenous art and fashion. With fresh color palettes that mimic our beautiful natural surroundings, this premium line draws inspiration from Country to create a contemporary fashion and lifestyle brand with a luxury aesthetic.
Musician, textile designer and UTS lecturer Alix Higgin draws on digital sensibilities and multiple creative disciples to create modern clubwear with a poetic Y2K twist. Form-fitting garments in multiple colorways are adorned with unique prose in digital fonts, making for a series of hypnotic pieces perfect for the dance floor. It’s no surprise that celebrities like Euphoria’s Rita Ora and Hunter Schafer replaced this exciting designer.
Much like her fierce and playful designs, Marne Dingwall eccentrically embellished her own name to create a jewelry brand Marne Blingwall. A love of non-conformist fashion pieces, gothic styling and mythology inspired her first ‘Guilty Pleasures’ collection in 2020. Each piece is handcrafted in her Sydney workshop, using precious metals and complemented by a high quality mirror finish.
Compared to an Andy Warhol from the antipodes at The Factory, Iordanes Spyridon Gogos Founder and designer Jordan Gogos works in collaboration with a range of creative contemporaries to create wearable art. Harnessing the power of community and unsold materials, they explore notions of gender fluidity and sustainability with joyful and dramatic structural pieces in bright colors, eclectic prints and paint strokes. Imagine theatrical technicolor patchwork coats, corseted strapless dresses and colorful, silky suits.
Refined tailoring, tasteful neutral tones, soft suiting and inventive knits are hallmarks of Melbourne designer Natasha Gordon’s hallmark, Clea. Launched in April, the first collection has already been snapped up by David Jones. This seemingly overnight success is the product of a decade of hard work, crafting pieces for major brands since graduating from RMIT’s fashion program.
In her internationally acclaimed designs, Natalie Cunningham, designer of Biripi and Ngarabal, explores ancient First Nations wisdom told through bold and colorful visual prints across her brand. Indigenous swimwear.

Inspired by the world’s oldest living culture and Natalie’s own experience throughout motherhood, her 100% sustainable swimwear, resort wear, activewear and accessories feature clever support and weaving that boost confidence, plus UV50+ sun and chlorine protection.

As a solution to supply chain issues caused by the pandemic, Alemais Founder and Creative Director Lesleigh Jermanus has found a way to innovatively reuse fabrics destined for landfill, creating sustainable pieces with a difference. From cheerful summer dresses to puffy printed shirts that evoke the effortless glamor of summer vacation, Alémais works with unsold materials to create intricate new pieces to love for a lifetime.
Designer of strong and sophisticated women’s clothing, Afghan-Australian designer Mariam Seddiq values ​​female empowerment and self-expression above all else. It’s evident in her designs, with bold colors, fiercely unique bridal wear and striking costumes.

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