All eyes of the fashion world will be firmly fixed on Sydney later this month as it hosts the first live fashion shows anywhere in the world for more than a year.

Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) runs from 31 May to 4 June and will showcase more than 70 established and emerging Australian designers, with runway shows at Carriageworks and online, as well as workshops, panel talks, masterclasses, live podcasts and more. Supported by the City of Sydney, AAFW will also profile First Nations designers and have a new focus on sustainability.

The City will host a panel discussion featuring some of the fashion industry’s top names and sustainability pioneers, including eco-conscious Maggie Marilyn designer Maggie Hewitt, Nobody Denim Co-Founder John Condilis, and Glam Corner’s Audrey Khaing-Jones. ‘Fashioning the Future’ will shine the spotlight on sustainability in fashion, exploring its role at the forefront of the global fashion dialogue and the bigger picture around social sustainability.

Maggie Hewitt said she feels incredibly excited and honoured to be presenting at AAFW this year. “Not only is it a chance for us to showcase Maggie Marilyn in Australia but being part of the panel for Fashioning the Future will allow us to connect with other brands who share our values.”

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Covid restrictions had been particularly hard on the valuable creative industries, including fashion and that the AAFW represents a fantastic kickstart to the industry’s recovery. “This year’s focus on eco-conscious and sustainable designers and fashion practices is in keeping with the City’s long-term commitment to the environment, to addressing the worsening climate crisis, and to delivering sustainable programs across the City and local government area.”

As part of the City’s sponsorship, AAFW has also developed a sustainability strategy to reduce the environmental impact of the event and bring awareness and thought leadership to the fashion industry regarding sustainability issues.

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