In 2004, State of Design was launched, and is Australia's largest and most innovative design event. It is a Victorian Government initiative, that communicates a deeper understanding of design. Part of the State of Design Festival is the Design Made Trade. This July will mark its 4th year and will run over 4 days, from July 21 - July 24. It is an event designed to promote up-and-coming designers across all design fields, including fashion, furniture and product.
I find this event inspirational, even aspirational... Because I would love to establish a market for emerging talent to showcase their work. That's what The Fashion Patriot is all about, celebrating Australian fashion and attempting to create a platform for up-and-comers to show off their talents, because there is so much undiscovered talent out there that needs a voice, and I'd like to think The Fashion Patriot can become a significant and influential voice within the Australian fashion industry.
For more information about the State of Design Festival, check out www.stateofdesign.com.au