NT start-up ‘Liandra Swim’ announced as AAFW’s Next Gen 2023 winner

Liandra Next Gen

As part of its Next Gen program, Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) has announced Northern Territory start-up Liandra Swim as one of four winners.

Liandra Gaykamangu, Liandra Swim founder and proud Yolngu woman, has had a big few weeks. Next Gen announced Liandra Swim as a winner after she just got back from Milan, where she attended the runway debut of her niece, Tarlia, for Bottega Veneta.

The Next Gen winners were selected for both their experience in design and ability to harness fashion’s power as a means of communicating important societal issues that influence culture.

As part of AAFW’s emerging designer program, AAFW puts on a Next Gen runway that showcases emerging designers’ collections. Cameron Hill, Liandra Swim, Ruby Pedder and Xi Wu Studio will unveil their winning collections at Next Gen AAFW in Sydney on Friday, May 19 at 2pm.

“This year’s winners are shaping the future of Australian fashion by pushing boundaries with their designs and sparking important conversation around sustainability, inclusivity and more. I’m very much looking forward to seeing each of them make their debut on the runway this May at AAFW.”Natalie Xenita, Vice President-Managing Director of IMG Fashion Events and Properties, Asia-Pacific

The Next Gen prize is valued at over $100,000 and includes runway show production, a content package including runway photography and global livestream, and international shipping credits provided by DHL. As well as getting exposure to AAFW’s buyers, the four winning designers will also get industry networking opportunities.

About Liandra Swim

Founded in 2018, Liandra swim blends contemporary Aboriginal Australian culture with premium designer swimwear. The brand has already made a name for its signature prints, which are inspired by Liandra’s connections with community, culture, and country. Furthermore, Liandra Swim is an eco-conscious brand. Their fabrics are made from regenerated plastics and recycled elastane.

In 2022, Northern Territory company Paspalis Innovation Investment Fund (PIIF) invested into Liandra Swim which was facilitated by Darwin Innovation Hub to help stimulate the fashion industry.

Learn more about PIIF here.

Read more about Liandra Swim here.

Source: AAFW Release