Australian Fashion Designers

Top 18 Australian fashion designers every twenty-something should know about

Information verified correct on December 3rd, 2016

See who made the list of our favourite Aussie designers, and your comprehensive guide on where to shop the Australian fashion labels list online.

When it comes to fashion in the land Down Under, Australia has fast become the crème de la crème for designers and brands alike not only on our shores but right around the globe. Sure, we aren’t known for the makings of the High Street, but what we lack in that department we make up for in true homegrown talent who know how to sew a darn good pair of trousers. 

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Australian Fashion Week made its debut back in 1996, can you believe it, that’s 20 years in the making. Our first taste from the Australian fashion designer style stars began in the early 90s with Alex Perry and his glamorous gowns, and Tsubi - (Ksubi) - who still take us to denim heaven season after season. Fast forward to today we have the originals (#blessed) in the mix with an added array of labels to thank for our wardrobe of wonders. There’s Maurie and Eve and C/meo Collective, the Sydney born turned international stars Sass & Bide, Tome and Zimmermann, not forgetting the up-and-comers like Dyspnea and Backstage who proudly hold the Made in Australia title.

On another note, ‘tis the season to be shopping. (Because isn't it always?) It’s time to spend some of your hard earned dollar dollar bills on that investment bag/coat/shoes you’ve been saving in your wishlist these past few months.

Need some inspiration? Go right ahead and add these beauties to your shopping cart. Freshen up your closet, and invest in the Best of Australian Fashion for this season and beyond.

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We’ve got a pretty perfect bunch of Australian designers on our hands that you need to pay attention to. Here they are: 

Cameo

1. C/MEO Collective

Be the girl about town in C/meo Collective. Taking the trends to the streets with its own flavour, this label boasts an affordable luxe-look and has the attention from the world's fashion pack.

Shop it online:

camillandmarc

2. Camilla and Marc

Brother-sister duo - Camilla and Marc Freeman - have been in our wardrobes since 2003 bringing us a luxurious label to love forever and ever. Class tailoring, femme prints and sleek separates. PS - did you know they have a little sister, C&M?

Shop it online:


FindersKeepers

3. Finders Keepers

F is for Fun and Finders Keepers. A twist of playful prints with personality and modern shapes, the twentysomething girl has love heart emoji eyes for this Adelaide based label.

Shop it online:


MaurieandEve

4. Maurie & Eve

Made for the fun loving girl who likes to go Out-out, Maurie & Eve serves up a mix of feminine styles with a modern, tough edge and the best kind of fancy everyday-wear to be comfortable in. Chic is always on the agenda.

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AJE

5. Aje

Be enchanted with Aje season after season. If you love a touch of sparkle, look no further. Transeasonal basics and bespoke pieces are all on the menu.

Shop it online:

  • Aje

BackstageLabel

6. Backstage

Backstage has an enigmatic aesthetic in its collections with clean lines, bold prints, textured fabrics and elegant shapes. What makes it so special? The garments are Aussie produced with love an ethical environment.

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BaileyNelson

7. Bailey Nelson

Ok, so maybe it's not women's apparel but this Aussie brand from Bondi needs a mention. They have a vision, pun intended, 'to change the glasses industry and empower individuality and expression through beautiful, affordable eyewear.'

Shop them online:

  • Bailey Nelson

BecandBridge

8. Bec & Bridge

This Aussie duo strikes a balance between aspirational and achievable fashion. You can count on being a repeat returner season after season.

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byjohnny

9. by johnny

Contemporary women's label by johnny has been making waves since bursting into the scene. Each collection goes from strength to strength with striking prints and futuristic shapes.

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Ellery

10. ELLERY

Perth born Kym Ellery is a name not to be forgotten. Tinkering in the realm of dream-like avant garde collections, the parade of fabrics, smart-structured tailoring and unique choice of shapes add a certain attitude to your look.

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Maticevski

11. Maticevski

Exquisite designs and exceptional quality make Toni Maticevski's collections nothing short of breathtaking. Modernity, innovation and beauty are prominent throughout his work.

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  • Myer
  • Desordre

MichaelLoSordo

12. Michael Lo Sordo

MLS captivates us with a certain romantic charm. The picture perfect dresses we saw on the runway at this year's Australian Fashion Week continue to have our hearts in a flutter.

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ModeCollective

13. The Mode Collective

A premium shoe label that is 'the definition of modern elegance and epitome of contemporary chic'. It's made in Spain and captures the beauty of nonchalant Australian style with a little French je ne sais quoi.

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Sassandbide

14. Sass & Bide

Heidi Middleton and Sarah Jane Clarke set out to reinvent the wheel in the early 90s, fast becoming a must-have in every twentysomething's wardrobe they're best known for stunning embellishment and unique collaborations.

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Sirthelabel

15. Sir the Label

An up-and-comer on the style scene designed to be minimalistic and simple, they're self described as 'confident, distinctive and versatile.'

Shop it online:

  • Sir the Label

Talulah

16. Talulah

Transcend into - Talulah nails the boho luxe look, soft silks and dreamy cuts all brought to life out of beautiful Byron Bay.

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TenPieces

17. Ten Pieces

As the name suggests each collection consists of ten pieces. A unisex uniform made up of black and white aimed at transcending the boundaries of day and night, casual and formal.

Shop it online:

  • Ten Pieces

Zimmermann

18. Zimmermann

Wear-anywhere sundresses, playsuits in perfect prints and the best kind of swimwear, Zimmermann is an iconic Australian label made by women, for sartorially savvy women.

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The A-Z of Australian Fashion Designers & Labels

Who else do you need to know on the Australian fashion scene? Browse the ultimate Designer Directory of your dreams when it comes to Australian fashion designers and labels below.

A
AE'LKEMI
AJE
AKIN BY GINGER & SMART
AKIRA
ALANNAH HILL
ALEX PERRY
ALICE MCCALL
ALPHA 60
AM EYEWEAR
AMBER SCEATS
ANGLE DIAMOND DOT
ANNA & BOY
ANNA QUAN
ANY STEP
ASANOVSKI
ASILIO
ASUAR
AURELIO COSTARELLA
B
BACKSTAGE LABEL
BAILEY NELSON
BASSIKE
BEC & BRIDGE
BHALO
BIANCA SPENDER
BILLABONG
BLACK BY GENG
BLESS'ED ARE THE MEEK
BLUE GLUE BIKINIS
BONDI BATHER
BONDS
BRONX AND BANCO
C
C/MEO COLLECTIVE
C&M
CAMILLA
CAMILLA AND MARC
CANDI SANDERSON
CARENA WEST
CARLA ZAMPATTI
CASLAZUR
CASPER&PEARL
CHRISTIE MILLINERY
CHRISTINA EXIE
CHRISTOPHER ESBER
CHRONICLES OF NEVER
CIARA NOLAN
CLEONIE
COOPER ST
COUNTRY ROAD
CS EDIT X KIRRILY JOHNSTON
CUE
CYNTHIA FRANSISCA
D
DANIEL AVAKIAN
DANIEL K
DE LA MOTTE
DION LEE
DIYANA KOSSO
DORIS Q
DUVENAGE
DYSPNEA
E
EASTON PEARSON
ELLERY
EMMA MULHOLLAND
F
FELLA
FINDERS KEEPERS
FLANNEL
FRIEND OF MINE
FROM BRITTEN
G
GABRIEL LEE
GAIL SORRONDA
GALANNI
GARY BIGENI
GEORGE WU
GINGER & SMART
GOODONE
GYPSEA
H
HAN
HARYONO SETIADI
HAYLEY DAWSON
HAYLEY ELSAERRER
HER THE LABEL
HOLLY RYAN
HOUSE OF CANNON
I
INDAH
INDER DHILLON
INJURY
ISLA BY TALULAH
IVEN TEH
IXIAH
J
JAC+JAK
JACK HUANG
JAGGAR
JAI SAUNDERS
JANNA JONES
JAYSON BRUNSDON
JENNIFER KATE
JETS
JEWELS + GRACE
JOHANNA JOHNSON
JOSH GOOT
K
KAHLO
KARLA SPETIC
KATE SYLVESTER
KEEPSAKE THE LABEL
KIAYA DANIELS
KOWTOW
KSUBI
L
LA BIQUINI
LALESSO
LAN YU
LEE MATHEWS
LEROY NGUYEN
LOGVIN CODE
LOVER
M
MACGRAW
MANIA MANIA
MANNING CARTELL
MARIAM SEDDIQ
MAT LEE
MATICEVSKI
MICHAEL LO SORDO
MINISTRY OF STYLE BY BEBE SYDNEY
MINKPINK
MINTY MEETS MUNT
MISHA COLLECTION
MR SHIRTS
N
NICHOLAS
NICOLA FINETTI
NLP
NOBODY DENIM
O
ONE FELL SWOOP
ONTICHA
OPHELIE
OVNA OVICH
P
PAUL NATHAPOL
PEONY SWIMWEAR
PHOENIX KEATING
PIZZUTO
POL
Q
QUIKSILVER
R
RACHEL CASSAR
RACHEL ALEX
ROBB & LULU
ROMANCE WAS BORN
ROXY
RUKSHANI
S
SAI SUMAN
SAMANTHA BAILEY
SAMANTHA WILLS
SARA ALJAISM
SCANLAN & THEODORE
SEAFOLLY
SEDUCE
SERPENT & THE SWAN
SHAKUHACHI
SILVIAN HEACH
SIR THE LABEL
SONG FOR THE MUTE
STAPLE THE LABEL
STEVEN KHALIL
STEVIE MAY
STRATEAS.CARLUCCI
SUBOO
SUNDAY SOMEWHERE
SURFACE TOO DEEP
T
TALULAH
TEN PIECES
THE FIFTH LABEL
THE MODE COLLECTIVE
TOME
TONY BIANCO
TY-LR
U
UNIF.M
V
VANESSA MOE
VANISHING ELEPHANT
W
WATSON X WATSON
WAYNE COOPER
WE ARE HANDSOME
WHITE SANDS
WILLOW
WISH
WORN
X
Y
YOUSEF AKBAR
Z
ZHIVAGO
ZIMMERMANN
ZINGIBER
ZSADAR
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Retailer shipping times

Now that we know who's who, let’s switch the spotlight to the retailers stocking these Australian fashion designers and labels, and who can get your outfit to you the fastest*:

RETAILERFREE SHIPPINGDELIVERY TIMEEXPRESS SHIPPINGDELIVERY TIMEIS IT WORTH IT?
THE ICONICOrders over $50Next day$12.953-4 HoursYes!
SURFSTITCHOrders over $501-5 Business daysOrders over $50, free
$5.95 for orders below
Next dayExpress shipping, yes!
DAVID JONESOrders over $1003-7 Business days$12Next dayMin. spend is a little expensive
GENERAL PANTSOrders over $75, free
$10 for orders below
Next dayOrders over $75, freeNext dayYes!
URBAN OUTFITTERSOrders over $50
$10 for orders below
10-12 Business days$405-7 Business daysStandard shipping, yes - if you're prepared to wait
TOPSHOPOrders over £100
£9 for everything else
9 Business days£204 Business daysMin. spend is a little expensive
ASOSOrders over $40
$5 for orders below
7 Business days$103 Business daysExpress shipping, yes!
DISSH BOUTIQUE$5 Flat fee3-5 Business daysOrders over $50, free
$10 for orders below
1-3 Business daysExpress shipping, yes!
STYLETREADOrders over $65
$10 for orders below
3 Business days$12.953 HoursSame day delivery, yes!

*This is a general guide to delivery times based on metro areas within Australia. For further clarification please see the website directly.  

Designers to watch

Perth label Dyspnea came into our wardrobe-world in the 2014 New Generation Runway show at Australian Fashion Week. Following the success of the show they debuted their first solo runway at this year's Australian Fashion Week (MBFWA) which has lead to a major buzz amongst fashion editors' and stylists. This BFF duo are definitely the up-and-comers to keep an eye on.

Sydney based Backstage Label have also captured the eyes of fashion girls around the globe in recent months. Off the back of their latest campaign featuring Aussie beauty Mimi Lashiry and their debut runway show at Australian Fashion week earlier in the year, the label is often spotted on the who's who of Australian celebrities and influencers including Jasmin Howell (Friend in Fashion), Tash Oakley (A Bikini A Day) and DJ Dena Kaplan.   


Who's Made in Australia?

Which Australian Fashion labels hold the Made in Australia title?

  • Backstage Label
  • Nobody Denim

Is there a designer or label that we've missed? Please feel free to submit more Australian fashion designers or Australian fashion labels in the comments below.

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Doone Roisin is the social media butterfly and Fashion Editor at finder.com.au. She's an online shopping enthusiast ready to show you what to buy and how to wear it, the best sales around town and insider tips to make note of.

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6 Responses to Top 18 Australian fashion designers every twenty-something should know about

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      Doone | July 6, 2016

      Hi Linda,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Sadly we don’t know which designer this is – if we did we’d be running out to buy one too!

      You might find some pretty dresses from this post: https://www.finder.com.au/lace-dresses

      Doone

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    megan | April 11, 2016

    Could you possibly tell me from this list who are all the designers that are based in Brisbane I would really love to know.

    • Staff
      Mia | April 19, 2016

      Hi Megan,

      Unfortunately, none of these are Brisbane based. Both Sass & Bide and Talulah were initially founded in Brisbane but the head offices are now in Sydney.

      Cameo and Finders Keepers are based in Adelaide. Camilla and Marc and Maticevski are based in Melbourne but the rest are Sydney based.

      I hope that helps.

      Mia

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    Elise | March 30, 2016

    Would love to import some other brands to compliment our collections

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      Stephanie | March 31, 2016

      Hi Elise,

      Thanks for your comment.

      If you are a merchant and wish to be included on our pages please reply with the name of your store and a link to it. We will contact you back if we’re interested.

      Thank you,

      Stephanie

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