MEET THE 2021 AAFW CHANGEMAKERS
For any industry to evolve and move forward it needs constant, positive change created and led by thought leaders and inspiring, creative, forward-thinking individuals. The fashion industry is no exception to this rule. And, at this year’s Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) through its 2021 Changemakers program, IMG will honour and highlight the incredible individuals who are reshaping Australia’s fashion industry representation landscape and igniting an overall wider cultural shift via fashion.
The 2021 Changemakers will be involved in the AAFW 2021 schedule in a wide range of capacities from runway shows to content integrations and more. Meet the 2021 Changemakers, below.
Commas: Richard Jarman & Emma Jarman
COMMAS is a luxury swim and resort wear label based in Sydney. It was the first swimwear brand to represent Australia at Pitti Uomo in 2017 and in 2020, Vogue Hommes named COMMAS the number one swimwear brand of choice for that year. Along with its elevated style credentials, the brand is also redefining the swimwear category through its sustainability focus on ethical manufacturing and the use of sustainable textiles — for instance, the brand’s swimwear is comprised of recycled polyamide. Richard Jarman is the founder and designer of COMMAS and his wife, Emma, is the brand’s Communications Manager. COMMAS is on Instagram at @commas.
Daphne Nguyen is a photographer based in Sydney. She has photographed campaigns for a number of labels and brands including Bec & Bridge, Romance Was Born, Hansen and Gretel, and Mecca. Her editorial work includes 10 Magazine, Vogue and Elle. Daphne is on Instagram at daphnenguyen__.
An in-demand stylist, Gadir Rajab’s portfolio features high-profile international and local styling work including Justin Bieber’s Yummy music video, H&M’s Summer campaign, Bonds’ Organics campaign and editorial work for Oyster Magazine. Gadir is on Instagram at @gadirrajab.
Makeup artist Gillian Campbell has worked on some of the most recognisable faces for highly esteemed publications including, Awkwafina for Vogue Australia, Jacob Elordi for GQ Australia, Halima for Inprint, and Elsa Pataky for Vogue Australia. Gillian is on Instagram at @gillielove.
Grace Lillian Lee
Grace Lillian Lee is a multicultural Australian artist who is known for drawing inspiration for her art from her Indigenous heritage. Grace has collaborated with Australian Indigenous communities and art centres to create a platform for cultural expression through fashion performances. Grace is on Instagram at @gracelillianlee.
Joel Babicca is a makeup artist who has worked on campaigns for international luxury brands such as Coach, as well local Australian labels including Anna Quan. His editorial work has appeared in Vogue Australia. Joel is on Instagram at @joel_babicci.
Joel Forman is a Sydney-based hairstylist. Joel’s styling credits include Lara Worthington for Tom Ford Beauty x Mecca, Lucky Blue Smith for Jones Magazine, editorial shoots for Vogue, Jane, GQ, and i-D Magazine. Joel is on Instagram at @joelforman.
A rising design star in the Australian fashion industry, Sydney-based Jordan Dalah launched his namesake womenswear after graduating from prestigious London design school, Central Saint Martins. His distinctive label has caught the attention of fashion editors and premium style retailers globally. Jordan will open AAFW 2021 with his ‘Resort 22 collection. Jordan’s label is on Instagram at @jordandalahstudio.
Multi-disciplinary designer Jordan Gogos has stepped into fashion design with a collection of wearables under his Iordanes Spyridon Gogos label, described as “Wearables for the Imaginative” each piece is uniquely crafted. Jordan is on Instagram at @jordangogos and @iordanesspyridongogos.
Justin Ridler is a photographer and artist based in Melbourne, Australia. He’s renowned for integrating traditional digital photography with cutting-edge animation, motion capture and imaging. Justin is a Vogue Australia contributor, a photography lecturer at RMIT, and has worked with Baz Lurhrmann and Virgil Abloh. Justin is on Instagram at @justinridler.
Levi Neufeld is an Indigenous Australian model and actor. Levi is on Instagram at @leviticus.
Lisa Cox is an award-winning media professional, author, public speaker, and writer (read Lisa’s latest article for Inside Retail, here). Lisa is actively working on changing the way disability is represented in mainstream popular culture. Lisa Cox is on Instagram at @lisacox.co.
Lisa Fatnowna is a Sydney-based Indigenous Australia model and athlete. The hockey-playing model has been involved with and an advocate for Indigenous hockey outreach program, Aspire to Be Deadly, since its inception. Lisa is on Instagram at @lisa.fatnowna.
Mahalia Handley is a self-described “model activist that kicks the hornet’s nest”. The international curve model has appeared in a slew of campaigns and publications and co-created Shine 4 Diversity. Mahalia has recently added creative director to her long list of accomplishments. Mahalia is on Instagram at @mahaliafromaustralia.
Manahou Mackay is a Kiwi model who went from waiting tables to the runway. As a proud trans-woman, Manahou has been breaking boundaries and beauty standards since her first fashion show at New Zealand Fashion Week in 2017. Manahou is on Instagram at @manamackay.
Nathan McGuire is a Sydney-based Indigenous Australian model and activist. Campaigns and editorial include Hype DC and GQ Australia. Nathan is an ambassador for the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation and an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the Australian fashion industry. Nathan is on Instagram at @nathan.mcguire.
Rory Rice is an in-demand editorial hairstylist and the director of Darlinghurst hair salon, Eyre. Clients and publication credits include Venroy, Vogue, Dion Lee, 10 Magazine, Numero Netherlands, and Vanity Fair Italia. Rory is on Instagram at @ _roryrice_.
A Sydney-based stylist and contributing editor at Oyster Magazine, Sarah has styled the likes of Winnie Harlow, Halsey, Emma Balfour and Jacob Elordi. Sarah is on Instagram at@_sarahstarkey_.
Tré Koch is a fashion photographer and the founder of Go-See, a boutique agency representing emerging and established artists, models and photographers. Tré’s photography credits include i-D Magazine, Dazed, Aaizél, and Vogue China. Tré is on Instagram a@trekoch.
Yatu Widders-Hunt is the founder and curator of social platform and online community, Australian Indigenous Fashion. She is also the director at Indigenous PR, policy and research agency, Cox Inall Ridgeway. Yatu is on Instagram at @ausindigenousfashion and @yatuwiddershunt.
Ready to join the fashion conversation? Australia’s most prestigious fashion event, Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, will run from May 31 until June 4, 2021. Buy your tickets here.