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:: Spotlight :: Fashion Exposed and preview

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

FASHION EXPOSED and its co-located preview and the Leather, Bags & Accessories Fair will return to Sydney from March 8-10, 2009, with a host of exciting attractions for the Spring-Summer 2009/2010 season.

Held over three days, twice a year, with 550+ wholesalers and designers, FASHION EXPOSED is timed to provide unequalled opportunity for the fashion industry to source the very best fashion and accessories as part of the seasonal buying.

From hot new precinct StreetLab and its action-packed Live Look Book floor shows, to a major international showcase, the fair - already heading for capacity bookings - promises to be a solid success.

Once again, the popular biannual competition Debut is open to emerging garment and accessories designers nationwide The 12 finalists in the March 2009 Debut who will present their collections at the Sydney Exhibition Centre are also remarkable for their striking individuality. All 12 labels reflect the spirit and appeal of contemporary Australian fashion.

The 12 finalists are now confirmed. Now in its fourth year, Debut provides a platform for gifted designers wanting to break into the extremely competitive fashion industry. Debut has nurtured some of Australia’s hottest emerging labels such as Donna Srgo, Bird, Since Grey, Trimapee and Subfusco all of which have gone on to significant success here and internationally. As one of the most popular precincts within the fair, it attracts thousands of important buyers and industry professionals each season.

This season, entrants will present collections in two categories Apparel and Accessories. Finalists in the Apparel category this season include Mopoke, Texas Johnny and Soul by Deana from Victoria; Sheena Murray from New South Wales; Moon Goddess, Flying High, Laoise design and Zemelita from Queensland. Whilst in the accessory category Victoria offers Yamilla Guedez and designers from Queensland include Jinyana, Krista Hochwallner and Lost not Lonely.

Prior to the Debut runway show which takes place on the first day of the fair, a panel of industry experts judge each range before selecting category winners. From a prize pool in excess of $6,000, winners will secure an individual location within FASHION EXPOSED or preview the following season as well as WGSN trend workshops valued at $500.