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Ten years of Paolo Sebastian celebrated at the Art Gallery

Paolo Sebastian dress, image by Simon Cecere

Hon Jay Weatherill MP

Premier Jay Weatherill will today announce a new fashion exhibition celebrating 10 years of high-profile couture label Paolo Sebastian, created by South Australian designer and Young Australian of the Year Paul Vasileff.

The free exhibition, Paolo Sebastian: X, will be presented at the Art Gallery of South Australia in collaboration with the Adelaide Fashion Festival, from October 7 until December 10. It is proudly presented by Yalumba Family Vignerons.

It will feature a selection of gowns from Vasileff’s archives presented alongside historic paintings and sculptures in the Melrose Wing, a ticketed preview and Q&A session with Vasileff and the Gallery’s Director, Nick Mitzevich.

The full Adelaide Fashion Festival program will be officially released on Tuesday, with a stellar line up of runway shows, lunches, masterclasses and other events.

The Adelaide Fashion Festival is presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide and owned and managed by the State Government. It was established by the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters in 2008, with the State Government’s major events arm Events South Australia taking on management of the festival in 2015.

This year’s festival will run for five days from October 11. More than 15,000 people attended last year’s festival, including key national and international media, buyers from stores such as David Jones and Myer and television stylists.

Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha hit the runway as a special guest, sharing stories of her South Australian experience with millions of fans across her social media networks.
The State Government has provided a major boost to South Australia’s tourism sector with a $14.5 million injection to the events and conventions bid fund. This is in addition to the $2 million over four years invested in the Adelaide Fashion Festival.

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Quotes attributable to Premier Jay Weatherill
South Australia’s fashion design industry, albeit nascent, is proving to be a driving force in the style world.

Local brands like Paolo Sebastian are putting South Australia on the fashion map internationally and creating global trade and investment ties.

Designer Paul Vasileff has just returned to Adelaide, after launching his latest couture collection, Reverie, in Paris, and was named the 2017 Young Australian of the Year in January.

The State Government, through the Adelaide Fashion Festival, is making sure the right support is being provided to help established designers grow their businesses, as well as ensuring there are opportunities for newcomers to make a name for themselves on the local, national and international fashion circuit.

October is also fast becoming a month showcasing local and international innovation and creativity and along with the Adelaide Fashion Festival, visitors and South Australians can look forward to the OzAsia Festival, Open State, Tarnanthi, Hybrid World Adelaide and more.

Quotes attributable to Paolo Sebastian designer Paul Vasileff
It is an incredible honour, but also a wonderful chance, not only for myself, but for everyone to see how the brand has evolved over these past 10 years.

I see couture as an art form as it takes an enormous amount of time, skill and technique to create couture as does any piece of art.

I'm so grateful for these past 10 years and they have been so memorable and fun; although challenging at times it’s all been an integral part of the journey and I wouldn't change a thing.

Quotes attributable to Art Gallery of South Australia Director Nick Mitzevich
The Art Gallery of South Australia is excited to be working with the Adelaide Fashion Festival to celebrate the meteoric rise of remarkable young South Australian designer Paul Vasileff.

This exhibition is timely for the Gallery as we embark on a renewed focus on fashion in the collection with the launch of a new Fashion Fund. This new fundraising initiative is dedicated to supporting the acquisition of the most exciting and innovative examples of international and Australian fashion.

Quotes attributable to Adelaide Fashion Festival creative director Chris Kontos

We are thrilled to partner with the Art Gallery of South Australia to present this unique exhibition, one that we are sure will be loved by the public who have embraced Paolo Sebastian designs for 10 years.

To see gowns from the exquisite Paolo Sebastian archive alongside iconic European art will give us all the opportunity to appreciate timeless glamour and beauty.

Image credit: Simon Cecere