The big (fashion) guns are coming to Brisbane

posted by Danielle Lewis March 5, 2014 0 comments

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If you are in Fashion, then you know Kirstie Clements and David Bush. Two Australian fashion heavyweights and they are coming to Brisbane to put their names to a Brisbane-first Fashion Accelerator program out of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia.

The Fashion Business Accelerator Program is a new program for established Australian labels that offer a new and unique style or product and have a proven track record in the industry. This is a competitive program and designers are chosen by a panel of industry experts. The high-level nature of this program requires participants to be a dedicated to working full time on their label and have the finances and confidence to scale their fashion business internationally.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for your Brisbane fashion business.

Kirstie Clements worked for Conde Nast International and Vogue for more than 25 years and was editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia for 13 years. When asked why she was so keen to put her name to a Brisbane program, Kirstie identified an unmistakeable attitude and spirit alive in the Brisbane fashion community. Kirstie praised the institutions like QAG/GOMA for their willingness to showcase fashion exhibitions and for the local government for their support of the industry. As Kirstie enters the next phase of her career her focus has shifted to one of mentorship and support for emerging fashion businesses.

David Bush, renowned for his long illustrious career with Australian retail-giant David Jones has over 30 years experience in fashion and has spent his time since retail, mentoring and coaching under his consulting business David Bush Consulting. David recently presented at the Fashion Exposed Trade Fair in Melbourne and highlighted the importance of knowing your customer in today’s uncertain market. Living by the mantra bestowed in him by his father, Colin Bush; ‘The customer is always right, even when they’re wrong’.

The fact that two such distinguished people are committing their time and expertise to the QUT CEA Fashion Business Accelerator is a testament to the burgeoning local industry we have in Brisbane.  The recently premiered ‘Brisbane Look’ documentary explored the idea of Brisbane fashion and recognised the contribution of events, courses and people we have here. Brisbane fashion has been put on the global radar thanks to events like the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane; and breed of successful designers including Gail Sorronda, Sass + Bide, Easton Pearson and Zimmermann.

Will you be Brisbane’s next success story?

If you are ready to take your fashion business to the next level and work alongside Australia’s biggest names in fashion apply now. But you had better get in quick – applications close March, 2014.


Download the application form here.

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