Contemporary Australian Designers

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Six contemporary Australian designers received the honor of being featured on an Australian postage stamp in their lifetime. These contemporary Australian designers are:  Prue Acton OBE, Jenny Bannister, Collette Dinnigan, Akira Isogawa, Joe Saba and Carla Zampatti AM.

The announcement about the stamps to commemorate the work of these six popular Australian designers was made by Australian Post Managing Director Graeme John at a tribute luncheon in Sydney for these New Age Australian Legends.

The Mangaing Director added that the Australian Post Australian Legends award has always been a way of honoring the outstanding talent and determination of individuals and the six contemporary Australian designers and their work has received enough accolades to ensure their recognition by the Australian Post.

Mr. John also stated that the six members of the Australian fashion and couture industry were being honored because they had achieved success through their creative visions, inspiration, hard work and business acumen. These six Australians and their work are not only respected and admired within the country but also throughout the world. All six designers are admired for their daring, creative genius and entrepreneurial spirit.  Their work is reflective of Australian culture, heritage the country’s identity, and sense of self. And the country would like to honor their contribution to the Australian way of life through the issue of these commemorative stamps.

All six designers were chosen due to their contribution to the advancement of contemporary Australian fashion and the impact that their work has had on the national identity. The creations of these designers are held in high esteem on the runways of Milan, Paris and New York and popular fashion magazines often hail their work as innovative and creative. Each year the commemorative Australian Legends Award is announced in the lead-up to Australia Day. Sir Donald Bradman was the first person to receive the honor in his lifetime apart from a living monarch. Other Famous Australians who have been honored with the award include: Arthur Boyd, Dame Joan Sutherland, Dawn Fraser, Rod Laver, Margaret Court, Herb Elliott, and Slim Dusty.

This year’s stylish black and white portraits of the six Australian contemporary designers Acton, Isogawa, Dinnigan, Bannister, Zampatti and Saba by photographer Lucas Allen have been used on the stamps. You can also purchase a 64-page book called Australia In Fashion that showcases the work of these six designers; the book is being released to accompany the stamp issue. The entire package including the Australian Legends stamps and the book is available for $12.95 and you can buy them from participating postal outlets.

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