Last year, Adelaide couture designer Paul Vasileff of Paolo Sebastian was named 2017 SA Young Australian of the Year at the ceremony held at Adelaide Oval. And tonight the announcement of Young Australian of the Year will be made in Canberra ahead of Australia Day.
The 26-year-old has put Adelaide on the map in terms of fashion, with features in Vogue Australia and Harper’s Bazaar plus having stockists in the Middle East and Asia.
To wish the South Australian designer good luck, we take a look back at Paul’s year during 2016 – and what a whirlwind it was, but we can assure you that 2017 is only going to bring more.
The year started off strong with Corinne Foxx, Miss Golden Globe 2016, wearing one of Paul’s signature sheer embellished gowns on the red carpet and to assist with the award ceremony on stage.
In 2016, Delta Goodrem discovered the label and donned a dip-dyed fringed piece on the cover of Who Magazine and again a piece from the Snow Maiden collection on the 2016 Logies Awards red carpet. She was far from the only one spotted in Paolo at the Logies with Carrie Bickmore, Megan Gale and Ada Nicodemou all being styled in his gowns.
Then Vogue Australia‘s Christine Centenera came knocking looking for any corsetry pieces for Kim Kardashian to wear on the cover. Paul told CLIQUE Mag that he knew they had to make something special. “Christine [Centenera] did such a beautiful job styling it and it was nice to be able to experiment with corsetry again.”
Surely Paul’s highlight of the year, Paolo Sebastian became the first South Australian designer to show their collection in Paris during Haute Couture Fashion Week at a showroom inside the La Maison Champs Elysees.
The ‘Gilded Wings’ collection was showcased to media and buyers – including Vogue Australia’s Edwina McCann who plans on playing an ongoing role with Paolo Sebastian through his membership with the Australian Fashion Chamber.
During the trip he also shot the breath-taking campaign images for the collection with local Adelaide photographer Simon Cecere.
A spot on the official Paris Haute Couture schedule may be on the horizon for Paolo Sebastain as Paul is being watched by Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture – the body that decides which designers are invited to show as part of the official schedule.
Back on home soil, Paolo Sebastian closed the 2016 Adelaide Fashion Festival by showcasing two collections: ‘Gilded Wings’ that was shown in Paris and the debut of ‘Wildflowers’. International supermodel Coco Rocha surprised the crowd by opening the show down the grass lined runway.
And of course there were the countless amount of Paolo Sebastian brides wearing custom made gowns for their big day.