Winners Announced for MBFWA St George NextGen Program

Next Generation of Australian Designers

With just under two months left until Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, four Australian designers have been selected to showcase their work in the coveted St. George NextGen runway during the country’s leading fashion event.

Enlisting a panel of industry experts to support and mentor emerging fashion designers, the St. George NextGen program allows a new wave of Australian design to reach a global audience and gain invaluable industry knowledge along the way.

Get to know the four finalists…


Hailing from Sydney and with studies at the University of Technology under her belt, Chloe Mottau’s designs explore tension and harmony through hand-woven textiles.

Chloe Mottau design- one of the four emerging Australian designers to showcase at MBFWA


With an emphasis on storytelling through design and an underpinning ethos of ‘quality before quantity’, Madison Hislop’s brand explores the strength and sensitivity of women’s character. Hislop also studied at the University of Technology.

Madison Hislop design- one of the four emerging Australian designers to showcase at MBFWA


Paying homage to the beauty and artistic expressions of his homework of Punjab in India, RMIT alumni Benjamin Garg’s designs offer a unique take on colour and silhouette.

Graduate Designer Benjamin Garg at VAMFF 2019


Based in Melbourne, Brian Huynh’s label Mndatory draws from principles of architecture to put a new spin on classic men’s outerwear silhouettes. Huynh studied at White House Institute of Design.

Mndatory at VAMFF GQ Menswear Runway

This year’s industry judging panel included:

The 2019 Industry Judging Panel included:
Bridget Veals, General Manager for David Jones;
Eva Galambos, Director of Parlour X;
Gaby Howard, Founder and CEO of Flaunter;
Jess Pecararo, leading fashion and celebrity stylist;
Nancy Pilcher, former Editor-in-Chief of VOGUE Australia and Vice President of Editorial

To see what 2018’s winners presented on their runway at MBFWA, see our post here.

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