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:: Spotlight :: Stonnington Fashion Hall Of Fame 2009

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Two of Melbourne’s fashion icons, who epitomise the industry’s past and future, will be inducted into this year’s prestigious Stonnington Fashion Hall of Fame. The Stonnington Fashion Hall of Fame Gala on October 8, which will feature a runway parade showcasing design talents emerging from Stonnington’s fashion precincts, will celebrate the achievements of fashion pioneer Joe Sillitto and renowned local designer Teresa Liano.

Stonnington Mayor, Cr Claude Ullin said the Hall of Fame, which began in 2001, boasted amongst its inductees a veritable who’s who of Melbourne fashion, including Joe Saba, Perri Cutten, Craig Kimberley, Lisa Barron, Jenny Hoo, Jenny Bannister, Alannah Hill, John Cavill, Adele Palmer and milliner, Paris Kyne. Cr Ullin added, “Over more than 25 years, Stonnington’s four fashion precincts – Toorak Road South Yarra, Chapel Street Precinct, High Street and Toorak Village – have clearly taken the mantle as Melbourne’s fashion capitals. This year’s inductees have been pivotal in building our City’s reputation for style – Joe Sillitto as a founding father and Teresa Liano who has made an indelible mark on the Melbourne fashion scene since Joe gave her a start in the ‘70s. Stonnington’s fashion industry underpins the city’s livability and economic strength and so, as a Council, it is important to recognise and celebrate this great attribute and the people who contribute to it through events such as the Hall of Fame."

Stonnington Fashion Hall of Fame inductee, Teresa Liano, said it was an honour to be inducted. “My life has revolved around Stonnington’s fashion industry for many many years. The industry is so challenging on many fronts and to be named alongside such luminaries as Joe is really very humbling. The induction, for me, is a wonderful realisation of all the hard work poured into the label over the years and makes me even more determined to strive ahead with my new aspirations for the brand.”

The Gala will be the closing event for the City of Stonnington’s expanded two-day October 7-8 Stonnington Spring Fashion Runway featuring the Stonnington Fashion Industry Forum, an innovative insiders’ guide to the fashion business and the Stonnington Precincts Runway Show, which will present the best Spring/Summer 09/10 collections and spring racing wares in two separate parades from Toorak Road South Yarra, Chapel Street Precinct, High Street and Toorak Village retailers.

For free tickets, call Chapel Off Chapel on (03) 8290 7000. All events are taking place at the Malvern Town Hall, corner of Glenferrie Road and High Street, Malvern from 7.00pm. The Stonnington Fashion Hall of Fame Gala is a free event. For further information, visit here

2009 Stonnington Hall of Fame inductee biographies:

Teresa Liano is the designer behind the T.L. Wood label, a Melbourne icon which has stood the test of time thanks to expert tailoring and fine knits. Ms Liano hit the Melbourne fashion scene in the 1980s and opened the first T.L. Wood store in Chapel Street, Windsor in 1998. Having parted ways last year with business partner, Chris Wood, Ms Liano is excited about the label’s new direction with plans to expand stores nationally, obtain international buyers and introduce denim and one-off leather garments to her range. Ms Liano is also a 2008 Caulfield Guineas Design Award winner.

Joe Sillitto is a Melbourne retailer, now aged in his mid 60s who has always had a keen eye for the design market. During the 70s and 80s his trademark Chapel Street stores Scarpa Sillitto, Sillitto by Night, Sillitto and Sillitto Menswear were the byword for chic and style. Mr Sillitto is responsible for pin-pointing the creative talents of denim guru, Bettina Liano and her design sister and fellow inductee, Teresa Liano. Jenny Bannister was also another designer who caught his attention and he stocked these designs, and many others, across his retail portfolio.

Here is a summary of what to expect on October 7-8, 2009.

The Stonnington Fashion Industry Forum is the first official event on Wednesday October 7 at 1.00pm. Industry personalities - from retail, marketing, design and journalistic fields - will create an innovative discussion panel and provide valuable career insights, important business advice and discuss future fashion trends. Tickets are free.

The Stonnington Precincts Runway Show will highlight spring fashion race-wear from more than 50 Stonnington designers across the city’s four fashion hotspots: Toorak Road South Yarra, Chapel Street Precinct, High Street and Toorak Village, and will be staged twice across the Stonnington Spring Fashion Runway program.
The Stonnington Precincts Runway Show will be held on Wednesday October 7 at 7.00pm and Thursday October 8 at 1.00pm. Tickets are $20 per person plus booking fee.

As mentioned earlier, the Stonnington Fashion Hall of Fame Gala occurs on October 8 at 7.00pm and will celebrate the contribution made to
Australia’s thriving fashion industry by Teresa Liano and Joe Sillitto.

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Pictures from the runway show

David Medwin feat. Zapa Paris Jenny Bannister
Lisa Barron John Cavill
Marino And Scott Fool
Irresistible Sadotna

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Pictures from the Hall of Fame ceremony on night two

Teresa Liano (front) and models
Joe Saba and wife
Jenny Bannister and husband
Helen Kapalos and friend
Joe Sillitto and Lisa Barron
Teresa Liano (centre) and friends