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In light of an unprecedented year of challenges for the Australian fashion industry, the 2020 Australian Fashion Laureate will focus on the creativity and innovation shown by Australian designers and fashion industry creatives.


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Australian Fashion Laureate Lifetime Achievement

As the pinnacle fashion industry honour, this annual award gives consideration to persons who have, over time, made a significant contribution to the growth and development of the Australian fashion industry.

The winner of the 2020 Australian Fashion Laureate Lifetime Achievement award will be announced on December 1 2020.

Presented by DHL. 

2020 Change and Innovation

This inaugural award category acknowledges fashion leaders and organisations that have exhibited exemplary adaptability and performance in the wake of crisis, demonstrating an ability to keep pace with the changing social, cultural and economic challenges of 2020. For the first time with the 2020 Change and Innovation category, an Australian Fashion Laureate award will be presented to four uniquely qualified recipients.

2020 People's Choice Award

The inaugural People’s Choice Award gives consumers the opportunity to vote for their favourite Australian fashion designers. Voting is now open at and will close on 22 November 2020. 

Presented by Afterpay.

Sustainable Innovation

Introduced in 2019, this category recognises designers pioneering best practice or otherwise demonstrating leadership in sustainability. In 2020, the Sustainable Innovation Award will be presented in two category distinctions: Emerging Designer and Established Designer.

Presented by GlamCorner.

Best Australian Emerging Designer

This category recognises leadership amongst Australia’s next generation of design talent in womenswear, menswear or accessories.

Presented by Shopify Plus.

2020 Winners

2020 Finalists