• BT RUNWAY FOR SUCCESS
    Thursday 7 April 2016, Royal Hall of Industries
  • PRIVATE WEALTH

    BT Private Wealth is focused on helping wealthy individuals and families within Australia by providing dynamic solutions to protect and grow their wealth. The business comprises Westpac Private Bank, St.George Private and Bank of Melbourne Private.

  • Dress
    FOR SUCCESS

    BT is proud to support Dress for Success Sydney, a not-for-profit that promotes the independence of women in need by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

  • AWARD
    BT EMERGING FASHION DESIGNER

    BT is proudly investing in Australia's young and exceptionally gifted emerging fashion designers, encouraging them to reach their full portential by rewarding a nominated winner with a prize package valued at $55,000.

  • BT RUNWAY FOR SUCCESS - Thursday 7 April 2016, Royal Hall of Industries

  • BT Private Wealth is focused on helping wealthy individuals and families within Australia by providing dynamic solutions to protect and grow their wealth. The business comprises Westpac Private Bank, St.George Private and Bank of Melbourne Private.

  • BT is proud to support Dress for Success, a non-for-profit that promotes the independence of women in need by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

  • BT is proudly investing in Australia's young and exceptionally gifted emerging fashion designers, encouraging them to reach their full portential by rewarding a nominated winner with a prize package valued at $55,000.

DESIGNERS ON THE RUNWAY

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Welcome to
BT RUNWAY FOR SUCCESS

Welcome to our 4th annual BT Runway for Success, an exclusive charity fashion showcase of Australia's leading fashion designers and emerging new design talent highlighted in the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award and BT Illustrator Design competitions.

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We're thrilled to welcome Melissa Doyle as our host.

It's important to us that BT Runway for Success is more than just about showcasing fashion. For us, it is an opportunity to support our community through Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the independence of women in need by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Our purpose at BT is to help people prepare for the best, and working with Dress for Success is a tangible example of this.

BT is committed to working with all our clients to achieve their financial and life goals. Preparing for the best is at the heart of what we do and we have been supporting Australians since 1969, bringing greater prosperity to both our clients and their communities.




Brad Cooper
Chief Executive Officer
BT Financial Group





Jane Watts
General Manager, Private Wealth
BT Financial Group

Award
BT EMERGING FASHION DESIGNER

Australia's exciting emerging fashion talent, aspiring to raise their businesses to the next level, will have the opportunity to compete for one of fashion's newest accolades – the prestigious BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award.

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Overview
The BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award was established in 2013 with the goal of identifying emerging designers and providing support in the form of financial support, advice and mentoring.

BT is proud to foster and encourage new design talent with the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award to help one of fashion's rising stars prepare for their best future in an industry that helps others to prepare for their best. BT has been helping Australians and their fashion icons establish and grow their businesses since 1969. It has supported its fashion clients by helping them become better investors, showing them how to grow and protect their wealth and to prepare for the best.

Competition Criteria
Judges will score based on industry skill and experience, knowledge and dealings (if any) with the designer(s). They will judge following the score card below:

Fashionability of the entrant's most recent collection 20
Entrant's styling and fit capabilities 15
Entrant's business acumen and potential for commercial
success in the ready to wear market
15
Entrant's presentation 10
Entrant's marketing and media skills 10
Entrant's social media presence 10
Entrant's visual merchandising presentation 10
Entrant's planned use of the BT Emerging Fashion
Designer Award prize
10
Total 100

The Process
Applications are accepted during the specified award open period and in line with the terms and conditions of the award.

The applications received will be vetted by an appointed fashion industry body (the Australian Fashion Chamber). This will include confirming all applicants meet the terms and conditions of entry. Using professional industry experience it will select a list of five semi-finalists based upon the applicants' experience, design style, business vision, manufacturing quality and marketing/ presentation.

The Judging
A judging panel of two to five fashion industry professionals (media, designers, retailers, and beyond) will be brought together annually as the judging panel for the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award. One of the members will be appointed as head judge.

2016 Judging Panel

Edwina McCann Editor in Chief, Vogue Australia & Chairwoman, Australian Fashion Chamber (Head Judge)
Sarah-Jane Clarke Co-founder & Designer, Sass & Bide
Lee Mathews Founder & Designer, Lee Mathews
Lindy Klim Fashion Commentator, Co-founder & Creative Director, Milk & Co
Rebecca Lim Chief Compliance Officer & Group General Counsel, The Westpac Group

Past Judging Panel Members

Camilla Freeman Owner and Creative Director, Camilla and Marc
Carla Zampatti Owner and Creative Director, Zampatti
Edwina McCann Editor in Chief, Vogue Australia & Chairman, Australian Fashion Chamber
Elle Perrson Director Strategy and Brand Development, IMG Fashion
Glynis Traill-Nash Fashion Editor, The Australian
Janice Breen Brooks Blogger, Voxfrock
Jo-Ann kellock CEO, Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia
kellie Robertson Relationship Director, Westpac Private Bank
Madeleine Allman Head of mywardrobe.com
Margaret Zhang Blogger, Shinebythree, model, presenter, stylist, photographer
Megan Quinn Speciality Fashion Group and Fitted For Work
Nicky Zimmerman Co-founder, Zimmerman
Nicole Warne Blogger, Gary Pepper Girl

The semi-finalists applications will be provided to the judging panel, which will score the applications.

Based on the scores received the semi-finalists will be placed 1st to 5th.

The top three will be contacted by the appointed fashion industry body to confirm their participation at the BT Runway for Success event held by BT.

The head judge will be present at the BT Runway for Success event to validate the first place decision by the judging panel; the head judge reserves the right to change the decision on the first place position based on the catwalk presentation.

First place will be announced at the BT Runway for Success event.

BT will liaise directly with the winner to award the prize.

The Prize

  • > A $10,000 cash grant from BT
  • > The services of a BT financial planner for two years
  • > Two return economy class flights to Los Angeles provided by virgin Australia to further their fashion ambitions
  • > Backstage hair services for one major event and two lookbooks, and editorial support for 12 months by Toni & Guy
  • > A one year subscription for full photo sharing and sample tracking services on new platform, Flaunter.
  • > Two mentoring sessions with two fashion industry icons provided by Australian Fashion Chamber.

Contact Us

Gabriella Somervaille
Australian Fashion Chamber
info@australianfashionchamber.com.au
T 0401 026 263
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To expand its design support through the fashion industry, BT Financial Group also holds a BT Illustrator Design Competition each year to provide opportunities to budding fashion and design illustrators to expand their experience and credentials.

Current students from three prominent design schools – Whitehouse Institute of Design, Billy Blue College of Design and FBI Fashion College – are invited to submit a unique illustration to represent our annual fashion charity event, BT Runway for Success.

The winning illustrator receives a $1,000 cash prize from BT Financial Group and has their creation featured alongside some of Australia's iconic fashion designer labels on event collateral in print, online and mobile.


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Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Clueless are all great 80s movies, and they're also the inspiration to the fashion aesthetic that is Emma Mulholland. Also taking inspiration from 80s girl bands, Hole, Bikini Kill and The Runaways, Emma's looks are bright, individual and retro while coolly modern.

Emma's vibrant Australian wildlife designs won her the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award in 2015.

"The award helped me put myself out there - it gave me credibility, kudos and validation," Emma says. "It helps with all the hard work to be recognised and awarded. I was up for a few awards last year so it was nice to win one."

Emma's career has moved up and up since she graduated from Ultimo TAFE in 2011 and was one of only four New Innovators chosen to show at Fashion Week that year. Thinking she would then look for a job, she was surprised to take a few orders for that first collection and so at the age of just 24 she took the plunge and started her own label. She's been really busy since then. She travels regularly to Bali where her fabric production is done. This year she collaborated with Mambo with a range that came out in New York in March. She has also been at the G'Day USA initiative exhibiting her designs.

Designing for young creatives, Emma's fabrics and prints are all original and the embellishments are added onto a white base and that's where all the detail in her work lies. "I'm not as interested in intricate pattern making as embellishments and the hand embroidery detail and you need to do only one or the other," she says.

Since winning the award, Emma's travelling has meant she hasn't had much time to meet with her financial planning mentor. "Focusing on the financial side of the business with my mentor will be good. I need to work out ways to manage my money and the business because that's really tricky when I'm doing it myself. I'm a creative and the business side is tricky for me," Emma says.






Last year the business was at a crossroads. Today it is not just a business but a profitable business selling to a number of large international markets including the US and UK with Net-a-Porter, Harvey Nichols and Avenue 32.

Like many designers, Mr Lo Sordo says he didn't have a business plan. "I'm a creative, a designer, and I haven't had the experience of implementing strategies and putting them into place. The financial help and assistance and contacts that I made through winning the BT Emerging Designer Award in 2014 - I can't sing their praises highly enough," Mr Lo Sordo says. "The BT Group has changed my life."





Christopher Esber was the inaugural winner of the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award in 2013, edging out fellow finalists Kahlo and Tome. Since graduating from the Fashion Design Studio in 2007 Esber has showcased his collections at New York Fashion Week, Australian Fashion Week and was named the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival National Designer Award Winner in 2012.


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The BT Emerging Designer Award 2016 finalists have been announced.

Congratulations to Pageant, Haryono Setiadi & Macgraw. The winner will be announced on Thursday, 7 April 2016 at BT Runway for Success event at Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park. Read more here.

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About
PRIVATE WEALTH

BT Private Wealth is focused on helping wealthy individuals and families within Australia by providing dynamic solutions to protect and grow their wealth. The business comprises Westpac Private Bank, St.George Private and Bank of Melbourne Private.

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Our clients have access to a comprehensive offering, built around their goals, and backed by the financial resources of one of the world's leading financial institutions.

We intimately understand the long-term view and our purpose is to help our clients and their families to create and enjoy enduring financial advantage. We consider the long term future of our clients and their families to secure your legacy. We are proud to have clients who have been with us for nearly 150 years over four generations.

If you would like to find out more about the services we offer please visit Westpac Private Bank, St.George Private or Bank of Melbourne Private. If there are any family members, or colleagues or friends that could benefit from our private banking services, then please let your respective private banker or me know, as we would be delighted to meet with them.

Jane Watts
General Manager, Private Wealth
BT Financial Group

Dress
FOR SUCCESS

Every woman has the right to realise her full potential and achieve financial independence. Dress for Success Sydney believes that with the proper education, tools and action this is possible.

Dress for Success Sydney's mission is to promote the economic independence of women in need by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

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Dress for Success


Clients referred to Dress for Success Sydney are varied and their stories are often heartbreaking yet they are motivated to make positive change in their lives. Poverty often affects women the most and its effects on them and their families can be long-lasting. Dress for Success Sydney believes that helping women secure and retain employment is central to improving the quality of life for themselves, their families and the community.

It costs Dress for Success Sydney $150 to dress, style and prepare one woman for a job interview.

These free services are designed to instil confidence, restore dignity and build resilience - increasing the employability of women in need, one woman at a time.

Since starting in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 140 cities in 19 countries and has helped more than 850,000 women on their journey towards self-sufficiency.

This year Dress for Success Sydney is on track to increasing the employability of 2,000 women, so visit sydney.dressforsuccess.org/ or contact Beverley Brock to discover how you can help Dress for Success Sydney to increase the employability of women in need by donating clothing, supporting the organisation financially, dedicating your time and skills to volunteer, referring clients to our services or helping in other ways.

sydney.dressforsuccess.org