The National Retail Association and Brisbane Fashion Month (BFM) have partnered together to present the 2017 Brisbane Fashion Month Creative Fashion Awards.

The Awards intend to fill the gap left when the Retail Association of Queensland’s Fashion Design Awards folded in 2009 after 29 years.

A modern take on the iconic RAQ awards, the BFM Creative Fashion Awards are set to embrace the whole Queensland fashion industry and will be a highlight of Brisbane Fashion Month presented by Wintergarden’s festivities, running in Brisbane throughout October.

The awards kick off on 5 October with a runway show in Queen Street Mall. A panel of fashion industry professionals, including Fashion Weekly director Stacey O’Keeffe, will judge entrants’ designs.

Finalists will be given the opportunity to showcase their works within the CBD’s Wintergarden from 9 to 19 October where the public will vote on their favourite piece.

The three final entrants’ works will be displayed at the finale red-carpet runway event on 25 October.

Brisbane Fashion Month director Carly Vidal-Wallace said the inaugural BFM Creative Fashion Awards invite entries from fashion design to illustration, photography and styling, accessory design and millinery.

“We really wanted to capture the best our industry has to offer and provide a platform for emerging designers and artists to showcase their talents on a grand scale,” said Vidal-Wallace.

NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said the Association was excited to support BFM in bringing back the first state-wide creative fashion competition since 2009.

“The BFM Awards are a wonderful opportunity to not only showcase local talent, but also unite fashion enthusiasts, re-engage the creative industry and link back into the retail sector,” she said.

“The awards will put Brisbane back on the fashion map by providing a substantial platform for national media coverage and audience engagement.”

Brisbane Fashion Month presented by Wintergarden will be celebrated with a series of fresh and innovative events, including the return of the Wintergarden pop-up store featuring the collections of 20 Queensland designers, a fashion business workshop, resort runway show, and a gala finale showcase.

Read about the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival here.