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(Sydney, 9 April, 2014) - IMG Fashion along with Destination New South Wales and The Weekend Australian Magazine announced this evening the 2014 winners of the Australian Fashion Laureate. The event marked the first time an additional four categories were awarded, in recognition of professional achievement in the categories of Retailer, Emerging Designer, Menswear and Womenswear.

Established seven years ago the Australian Fashion Laureate celebrates professionals whose careers have promoted and advanced the Australian fashion industry internationally and truly a distinct honor as they are voted for by a panel of industry peers. Last year, the next chapter of this program announced the development of a curriculum that recognizes the Australian Fashion Laureate, plus the additional four categories focused on those who are breaking ground and driving the Australian fashion scene forward in a positive way thru excellence in their category.

The 2014 Australian Fashion Laureate awards were presented to the following:

Australian Fashion Laureate: Zimmerman

Womenswear: Dion Lee

Menswear: Arthur Galan

Emerging: Christopher Esber

Retailer: Scanlan & Theodore

“We are incredibly proud to have honoured five amazing and unique recipients this evening. The awards truly represent the entire spectrum of our industry and all of tonight’s honorees are wonderful examples of the strength of the Australian fashion industry,” says Elle Turner, Director of Strategy and Brand, IMG Fashion. “As Australian fashion continues to garner increasingly more attention from the International fashion consumer, it’s important for us to honor our own and recognize the hard work that goes into promoting and ensuring Australian enterprise and success.”

Over the last 7 years, the Australian Fashion Laureate recognized Akira Isogawa, Carla Zampatti, Simon Lock, Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson, Collette Dinnigan and Jenny Kee.

The Australian Fashion Laureate is proudly supported by the NSW Government, The Weekend Australian Magazine and Jan Logan, with the kind support of Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Official event sponsors.

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