Fashion Less Waste Judges

Who are our Fashion Less Waste judges, past and present?

FLW 2009 Judges Rachael Cassar and Liane Rossler with Janet Carding

FLW 2009 Judges Rachael Cassar and Liane Rossler with Janet Carding
Photographer: S Humphreys © Australian Museum


Our 2012 judges are...

Akira Isogawa of Akira
Akira Isogawa is one of Australia's most celebrated designers, achieving international recognition for his exquisite contemporary designs. Since 1998, he has shown his collections in Paris to international buyers and has built a strong clientele of Australia's most successful and individual women.

Akira's approach to sustainable fashion is profoundly evident in his creation of timeless beauty and femininity. Akira believes a garment can transcend, giving it a soul. 'Past, Present and Future' is a slogan embedded within his design philosophy and process.

Louise Olsen of Dinosaur Designs
Louise is Designer and Creative Director of Dinosaur Designs. Louise co-founded Dinosaur Designs in 1985 while studying painting at the City Art Institute (now the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW). After 26 years, Louise remains as committed to the creative innovation of Dinosaur Designs as she was when it was founded. In 2011 Dinosaur Designs’ released the Abstract collection which has become its most successful collection to date. The company now has seven stores in Australia and a flagship store in New York, as well as exporting internationally.

Exhibitions have included the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Tokyo Designer’s Block, Spiral Hall, Tokyo, Object Gallery and the Powerhouse museum. Louise was awarded the UNSW Alumni Award for achievements in the Arts (2009) and last year was commissioned by GoMA to produce a body of work as part of the museum’s 5th birthday celebrations. Louise is also an Ambassador for projectAble, a judge for Indesign’s Launch Pad Award and has supported a diverse range of charities including WWF, ACF, Cancer Council, the MCA, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Guggenhiem Museum in New York.

Kelley Sheenan of Peppermint Magazine
Peppermint Magazine was launched by Kelley Sheenan in August 2008. After working as designer for several years at a design/communications company, Kelley and husband Ben started their own design agency in Auckland, along with a clothing label which was sold at local markets. After much research into the detrimental effects of the fashion industry (both environmentally and ethically), Peppermint Magazine was born.

Covering eco and ethical fashion, this indie mag has grown exponentially, picking up five awards already, including three at the 2009 Pubishers Australia Awards: Best Sustainability Program for Publishing, Best Designer (Consumer Magazines) and Graphic Designer of the Year. Printed on 100% recycled paper with 5% profits going to charity, Peppermint is a green fashion magazine with a fun, fresh, intelligent and positive spin, which promotes individuality, respect, DIY personal style and of course sustainability by showcasing the best of eco designers from Australia and the rest of the world. Kelley is editor, designer and publisher of the magazine.

Kelly Elkin of ALAS

Kelly is a designer, writer and ethical fashion advocate. Since graduating from QUT fashion in 2006, she has designed for both local and international labels. Her work has been featured in various publications such as French magazine WAD, Fashion Forecast UK, Time Out London and Oyster. During this time she has also assisted and organized fashion events for ethical organizations such as the Queensland Fair trade collective and Made By ( Netherlands).

Kelly is the co-founder of award winning sustainable sleepwear label ALAS. All ALAS endeavours to be socially and ecologically responsible, all clothing is made with100% organic cotton using formaldehyde and AZO free dyes and inks. From designer to cotton farmer the supply chain is built on respect.

Not one to be idle, Kelly writes for Peppermint Magazine and has her own blog called Transparent Seams, which features interviews from ethical designers from around the world.


2011 Judges:

In 2011 our judges to choose the finalists, winners and runners-up in each category were:

  • Akira Isogawa, designer and founder of Akira
  • Louise Olsen, designer and co-founder of Dinosaur Designs
  • Sinéad Kelly, head of the design team at Dinosaur Designs
  • Kelley Sheenan, founder and editor, designer and publisher of Peppermint Magazine
  • Matt Paroz, assistant men's editor and senior writer for Peppermint Magazine, author of the blog, and Associate Editor of the magazine GQ Australia.

Our judge of the best accessory hat at the parade in each category was:

 2010 Judges:

2009 Judges:


Jane Johnston , Education Project Officer
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