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21 January 2005
2/2005
Commemorative Issue

Australian Legends - Fashion Designers

Australia
Every year since 1997 we have honoured the achievements of eminent Australians with a special Stamp release marking the Australia Post Australian Legends Award.

The award comprises a gold replica Stamp presented to each recipient at an Australia Day lunch. This year's legends are Australian fashion designers: Prue Acton OBE, Jenny Bannister, Collette Dinnigan, Akira lsogawa, Ioe Saba, and Carla Zampatti AM.

Prue Acton OBE  

Prue Acton OBE

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ln the 1960s Prue Acton brought Australian fashion to the attention of the world with her vibrant, youthful label. Acton graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 1963, and established her own label.

Two years later, New York's Lord Taylor devoted its windows to her clothes. By age 26 she had a multi-million-dollar business and was selling in four continents.

Jenny Bannister  

Jenny Bannister

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One of fashion's true originals, Bannister established her label in 1976. Her early punk-inspired work, seen by many as outrageous and subversive, is now recognised as being ahead of its time. Bannister opened her own boutique in Melbourne in 1997 and is now known for her meticulously constructed evening wear.

Collette Dinnigan  

Collette Dinnigan

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Dinnigan has achieved remarkable success since her label launch in 1990. The exquisite hand-made, ultra-feminine evening wear is sought after by celebrity clients worldwide.

She is the only Australian designer to be invited by Paris's Chambre Syndicale for its Prét-a-Porter official programme. Dinnigan also designs a lingerie line for Britain's Marks & Spencer.

Akira Isogawa  

Akira Isogawa

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After settling in Australia in 1986, lsogawa graduated from East Sydney College in 1995. He created a sensation at the first Mercedes Australian Fashion Week held in 1996 impressing Joan Burstein, owner of London store Browns. She subsequently bought his entire collection.

ln 1999, lsogawa was named Australian Designer of the Year and Best Women's Wear Designer. He has designed costumes for the Sydney Dance Company and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He is the only Australian fashion designer to exhibit solo at a major national or state institution.

Joe Saba  

Joe Saba

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Joe Saba has had a powerful influence on Australian fashion since 1965 when he opened his Joseph Saba Shirt and Sweater Shop in Melbourne. In 1969 he launched the jeanswear label "Staggers" and for almost 30 years, his men's and women's label "Saba" sold in his shops nationally.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Saba emerged as one of the world's leading fashion buyers introducing Australia to new influences, especially from japan. ln 1996 his company won the Australian Fashion Menswear Award and was named as the Powerhouse Museum's Fashion House of the Year.

Carla Zampatti AM  

Carla Zampatti AM

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Carla Zampatti is an iconic name in Australian fashion. With her unique blend of European style and Australian savvy, Zampatti has long been recognised as both an inimitable designer and a superb businesswoman.

In addition to her chic clothes sold in her nationwide retail chain, Zampatti has designed cars for the female market. Her own label extends to fashion accessories, fragrances and eyewear.

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2005-01-21
Withdrawal Date: 2005-07-31
Denominations: 6 x 50c
Designer: Adam Pugh, Spark Studio
Size: 37.5mm x 26mm
Performations: 14.6 x 13.86
Sheet Layout: Modules of 50
National Postmark: Melbourne GPO, VIC 3000
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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