The Australian Fashion Chamber hosted a celebration this week at the AMP Building in Sydney to mark the first year of the organisation and celebrate a dynamic year for the Australian fashion industry. AMP Capital Shopping Centres (AMPCSC) is the foundation sponsor of the organisation.

Guests included the Australian Fashion Chamber board, including Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia Edwina McCann; Deputy Chair and Editor of Harper’s BAZAAR Australia Kellie Hush, AMPCSC, sponsors and their guests.

Highlights from the evening included a performance by Jessica Mauboy and a model presentation featuring the designs of Australian Fashion Chamber members Romance Was Born and RACHELALEX.

The event was also an opportunity for the Australian Fashion Chamber to celebrate its partnerships with AMP Capital Shopping Centres and other sponsors. “We are incredibly proud of our partnership with the Australian Fashion Chamber; it is a way for us to support Australian designers and the future of our local fashion industry” said Bryan Hynes Managing Director of AMP Capital Shopping Centres.

The first twelve months of the Australian Fashion Chamber has reached several key milestones including its first Designers Abroad initiative during Paris Fashion Week in February; training seminars in Sydney and Melbourne featuring keynote speaker Jean Paul Gaultier; and a series of educational seminars held in conjunction with tertiary institutions across New South Wales and Queensland.

“The support that the Australian Fashion Chamber has received over its first year has solidified how necessary a representative body is for our industry”, said Australian Fashion Chamber Chairman Edwina McCann. “We are continuing to work with our government bodies, with industry organisations and with designers themselves to ensure that Australian fashion receives the support it needs to thrive on a local and international level”.