From now until December 2018, 3 Emerging Australian Designers and 3 Emerging Korean Designers will take part in an exciting exchange of ideas and cultural experience!

The program includes International travel to South Korea (1 week in Seoul)  and Australia (1 week in Brisbane and Sydney) where the designers will visit trade events, investigate the local fashion industry, attend workshops and be led by industry mentors. The designers will have the opportunity to collaborate with international designers.

The trip to Seoul in March 2017 was a huge success – a short video on the trip can be viewed here

The trip to Brisbane and Sydney in May 2017 was also a massive step in building connections between the Designers, Industry and learning how to enter our market. The Instagram posts below show what the designers got up to in the week.

The program is run by Queensland University of Technology and Seoul National University (world-class design precincts with leaders offering industry relevant and cutting edge education). Working with these universities, the designers will accelerate their brands impact nationally and internationally.

This is all possible with the support of The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade who has partnered with the Australian Fashion Chamber to promote, strengthen and develop Australian Fashion and Design by nurturing fashion leaders.

Congratulations to the 3 Australian designers chosen:


Congratulations to the 3 Korean designers chosen:


Follow the program on INSTAGRAM: #akf_emerge

Read the latest media and stories written about the Emerging Designer Exchange program.

Please direct all Media/Program enquiries to Melanie Finger


Thank you to all emerging designers who applied for the program. The process was extremely competitive. We had applications from all over Australia ranging from fresh graduates to those who have been in the industry for a few years. We looked at a number of areas including active interest in connecting with the Korean/Australian Fashion Industry through collaborations with industry professionals, designers, artists, manufacturers with a view to entering that market. We looked at commercial awareness, presentations, design style and motivation. Please email Melanie Finger to register your interest in any future programs.

The panel was headed up by Melanie Finger (Program Leader) and included Jenni Craik (Head of Fashion, QUT) Carla Van Lunn (Fashion Lecturer and Designer), Joshua Jones (Fashion Consultant, International Buyer), Carly Vidal-Wallace (Director Brisbane Fashion Month / Fashion Editor)

Congratulations to the Australian runner-ups:

If you’d like to learn more about this initiative:

Learn more about DFAT grant

Learn more about DFAT/Australian Fashion Chamber Agreement