At just twenty-six, Paul Vasileff’s personal achievements include being named the 2017 Young Australian of the Year, showing at London Fashion Week 2010 and graduating from Milan’s Europeo Istituto di Design.
The young boy who learned to sew with his grandmother now heads a label that has become a national icon, captivating clientele and media alike with his whimsical designs and expert tailoring. Vasileff is a welcomed member of both the Australian Fashion Chamber and the Asian Couture Federation.
A perfectionist with a penchant for classic beauty, the Adelaide designer has impressed the industry with his skill and the scope of his creative vision. Vasileff has a hand in every facet of the business and designs every couture gown that the label manufactures in the South Australian atelier.
The 2007 launch of the first Paolo Sebastian collection marked the seventeen-yearold designer’s foray into the fashion world. A groundbreaking show at Sydney’s 2012 Fashion Palette launched the label into the international sphere. In 2015 the label closed the Adelaide Fashion Festival with a thirty-eight piece collection, garnering further attention from international media. July 2016 saw Vasileff and his team launch the Gilded Wings collection in Paris, becoming the first South Australian label to showcase in the city. The label’s 2016 Adelaide Fashion Festival runway was opened by Coco Rocha and received national and global media attention.
Paolo Sebastian gowns have been worn at the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and published in Vogue Australia, Martha Stewart Weddings and Harper’s Bazaar Australia. Celebrity fans of the label include Coco Rocha, Giuliana Rancic, Sonam Kapoor, Corinne Foxx, Megan Gale, Delta Goodrem and Carrie Bickmore.
In response to increasing international demand for the label, Paolo Sebastian is stocked in Kuwait, the USA, Singapore and China. As of January 2017, fifty per cent of all Paolo Sebastian sales are international orders.