Sustainability on trend at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week

The first in-person event of its kind anywhere in the world since the Covid pandemic began.

Sydney is set to strut its stuff on the catwalk for all the world to see.

Australia’s biggest fashion event is back with a new focus – sustainability in fashion and event management.

Supported by the City of Sydney, and produced by IMG, Afterpay Australian Fashion Week will showcase more than 70 Australian designers and, for the first time, First Nations designers.

Afterpay Australian Fashion Week will focus on sustainability in fashion and event management

With Sydney already regarded as a hub for fashion innovation, the event’s emphasis on sustainability presents an opportunity for the city to demonstrate its leadership in sustainably produced fashion and events.

“Afterpay Australian Fashion Week provides a crucial platform for showcasing the unmatched talent of the Australian fashion industry to the rest of the world,” said Natalie Xenita, vice president, managing director at IMG Fashion Events and Properties, Asia Pacific.

“We're committed to playing an active role in the advancement of a sustainable future of fashion and are thrilled that this year’s incredible schedule of designers, fashion events, programming and extensive digital offering will further strengthen AAFW’s position as the leading fashion event in the region.”

As part of our sponsorship, a sustainability strategy has been produced to reduce the environmental impact of the event and bring awareness and thought leadership to the fashion industry regarding sustainability issues.

Afterpay Australian Fashion Week will showcase more than 70 Australian designers and, for the first time, First Nations designers

Sustainable event management includes reduction of single-use plastic, elimination of plastic straws, waste-paper reduction and energy efficiency strategies. Sustainable guidelines are also promoted to all participating designers, set designers, event producers, media, suppliers, delegates, staff and attendees.

We’ll also host a panel discussion featuring some of the most trailblazing names in the fashion industry including Maggie Marilyn designer Maggie Hewitt, Nobody Denim chair and co-founder, John Condilis, and Glam Corner’s Audrey Khaing-Jones.

Fashioning the Future will shine the spotlight on sustainability in fashion, exploring its role at the forefront of the global fashion dialogue and the bigger picture around social sustainability.

The Fashioning the Future panel discussion will shine the spotlight on sustainability in fashion

“We believe in the longevity of our country and our earth as much as that of our collections, which is why our longstanding commitment to ethical manufacturing principles offers a unique vision of responsible design,” John Condilis said.

The event runs from Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June with runway shows at Carriageworks and online, as well as workshops, panel talks, masterclasses and live podcasts.

Book your spot at the Fashioning the Future talk or another AAFW event.

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