Since creating his eponymous brand in 2008 at the tender age of 23. Australian fashion designer, Mr. Dion Lee, now 31 years old has managed to build a label known for it’s “innovative womenswear” and launch it amongst the international market. With many accolades including the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival National Designer Award and the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award in Fashion Design amongst those under his belt, Lee who splits his time between both Sydney and New York is set to return down under as he prepares to open Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) later this month. Lucky for me, I’ll be attending his show, so that begged me to ask the question: Who exactly is Dion Lee?
After graduating from the Sydney Institute of Technology, Lee debuted his label at the 2009 Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. His line which featured structured and architectural designs helped garner recognition within the industry. Drawing from the athletic elements of the Australian lifestyle, combining sportswear, surf and swimwear with the technical approach of traditional tailoring. Lee who has been described by Maya Singer (Style.com) as “the leading light of fashion Down Under” continues to reign in supreme, with Hollywood stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett and Charlize Theron amongst those who wear his designs.
The following year he launched a diffusion line; Dion Lee Line II, which offered a more wearable version from his main collections. The same year, he also became the first designer to stage a runway presentation at the world-renowned Sydney Opera House. Venturing out to London Fashion Week in 2012, his creations were met with positive responses helping towards the brand’s exposure and distribution internationally. He also made further headlines for showcasing shoes designed by Kanye West, a collaboration in which he would continue during his second presentation in 2013. As one of the most promising fashion talents in Australia, I have no doubt his collection, which is set to open MBFWA on May 14, to be anything but spectacular.
For more info: https://www.dionlee.com
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