Albus Lumen by Sydney based designer, Marina Afonina has won the 2018 BT Emerging Designer Award

Remember the name Marina Afonia because you're about to be seeing a lot more of her designs across fashion magazines and street style blogs. The Sydney based designer behind Albus Lumen has won the 2018 BT Emerging Designer Award, following in the (very fashionable) footsteps of Kacey Devlin, macgraw, Emma Mulholland, Michael Lo Sordo, and Christopher Esber who have all won the prestigious award in previous years.

Afonia was one of three finalists-including Double Rainbouu and Anna Quan-who showcased their collection as part of an exclusive fashion show alongside eight of Australia's leading designers; Bianca Spender, CAMILLA AND MARC, Carl Kapp, Carla Zampatti, Dion Lee, Ginger & Smart, Manning Cartell and Toni Maticevski.

The award was established by BT Financial Group with the aim to identify and provide financial support to emerging fashion designers, and was announced last night (March 28) in partnership of the Australian Fashion Council. Editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia, Edwina McCann, designer Camilla Freeman-Topper, creative director Amanda Shadforth and stylist Caterina Scardino were among the judges who made the final decision.

As part of the award, Afonia will receive a $10,000 cash grant and two years of financial planning assistance provided by BT Financial Group and a look book styled and produced by Vogue, among various travel and industry incentives.  

Click through the gallery above for a look at the Albus Lumen collection as showcased last night at the 2018 BT Emerging Designer Awards.

The BT Emerging Fashion Designer for 2018 has been announced