We the Makers Sustainable Fashion Prize 2023

Wednesday, 22 February 2023

Calling all emerging fashion designers with a commitment to authentic design and sustainable practice.

The National Wool Museum and the City of Greater Geelong are challenging designers to create one original outfit that represents their personal design aesthetic, showcasing their commitment to sustainable fashion.

We the Makers is a major biennial event on the National Wool Museum calendar centred around the Sustainable Fashion Prize. Aligned with Geelong’s designation as a UNESCO City of Design, the National Wool Museum is dedicated to championing the past, present, and future of fashion with recognition to Geelong’s ongoing role in the wool, fibre and textile industries.

We define sustainable fashion holistically, and champion ethical practice, design ingenuity, material consciousness and business innovation. Every two years we will showcase emerging themes from the world of sustainable fibre and textiles through the next generation of fashion designers.

Entries open on 22 February 2023 and is eligible to designers both in Australia and abroad with less than ten years industry experience. Outfits are judged by a panel of industry professionals against their ability to design and redefine sustainable and ethical textiles with entries responding to the following categories: Material innovation, Circular process innovation, Design innovation or Business innovation.

Four awards were given to Australian Designers in 2020 with two entries sharing the top prize of $10,000. All shortlisted garments being on display at the National Wool Museum Designer Showcase.

Major prize winners 2020

  • Rebecca Gully, Melbourne: Neutron Dance; What to wear to the disco apocalypse – survival of the hottest.
  • Rowena, Juliana and Angela Foong x UoN: Six Seasons Newcastle, New South Wales

Highly Commended Local Maker 2020

  • Courtney Holm: People’s Choice: Amal Laala and Simon Piry of ‘Broc The Kasbah’ Collective

We the Makers - Sustainable Fashion Prize 2023

Entries open: 22 February 2023
Entries close: 16 April 2023
Exhibition opening and awards: 1 June 2023


All entries to the Sustainable Fashion Prize go in the running to win the following major prizes chosen by an international industry panel of expert judges.

  • National Wool Museum Designer of the Year Award ($10,000)
  • UNESCO City of Design, People’s Choice Award ($2,000)

Media contact

Contact Andrea, our media officer, to arrange an interview with ourSenior Curator Josephine Rout, or our Director Padraic Fisher:

Andrea Bruce
[email protected]
03 5272 4878

Mayor Trent Sullivan

The City is committed to its UNESCO City of Design designation, and I take pleasure in announcing that this year’s winning Sustainable Fashion garment will be acquired into the City’s Art, Heritage and Textile Collection. 

We are building on the City’s legacy as a world leader in the production of wool, fibre and textiles and developing our design capabilities into the future.

Josephine Rout - Senior Curator, National Wool Museum

This year the Sustainable Fashion Prize is focusing on attracting emerging designers, and designers that have had a delayed start to their careers due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We the Makers is a significant competition with a prize that will help establish the career of a talented designer. It is the only sustainable fashion prize for emerging designers being offered in Australia and we expect the field to be very competitive.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 22 February 2023