THE HISTORY OF TAWFA
Started in the early 80’s, the event was designed to promote wool in all its many aspects but with particular emphasis on its developing role in the fashion world.
The Awards started as a small local fashion parade in 1981 but soon grew to importance, they are now acknowledged as one of Australia's major wool fashion design events. Each year some 400 entrants from all over Australia, and in more recent years New Zealand, UK, USA, Dubai, compete for prizes worth over ,000. Extensive media publicity surrounds this prestigious showcase event.
The Wool Fashion Awards now receive strong support from both the fashion and textile industry. Judges have included many notable fashion personalities such as Stephen Galloway, Jill Fitzsimon, Christopher Essex, Alexander Perry, Prue Acton, Kerry McGee, Wendy Heather, George Gross, Harry Watt, Simon Locke, Deborah Hutton, Anthony Leigh -Dower, Joh Bailey, Jonathon Ward, the late Sonia McMahon and more recently Josephine Nathan, Bonny Lythgoe, Faye De Lanty, Peter Everett, Akira Isogawa, Sophie Clark, Adrian Erdedi, Sarah-Jane Clark, Catriona Rowntree, Jonathan Ward and Emily Taylor.