I first met Jacinta Richmond in 2010. I had read about her iconic fashion week while on a family holiday on the Sunshine Coast and contacted her to introduce myself in my capacity as an International fashion consultant/agent and board member of the World Fashion Organisation. I was very taken with her professionalism and passion, a strong relationship between us was born where I became a mentor to what was to become an International Fashion Week. Over the years I had the the honour and pleasure to attend many of Jacinta’s events and meet the amazing talent in the form of designers both national and international. It has been joyful and rewarding to see the steady organic growth each year all made possible by the passion and talent of Jacinta Richmond and her team.
Many young models and fashion designers commenced their careers on the back of their involvement and training under the leadership of Jacinta where they received their first break. Jacinta is also responsible for numerous Award shows each year and has organised many training events to build the commercial knowledge and viability of the brands in the national market with the view to international export in the future. I was happy to attend and participate at some of these world class seminars.
I believe the 10th anniversary of the Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival is the perfect time to produce this wonderful book which I am sure will become a historical bible of the development of fashion designers over the last 10 years in Australia and beyond and will be of great interest to students, designers and the fashion industry as a whole throughout Australia.
I truly hope that all of you readers will enjoy and treasure the beautiful memories recorded in this 10th Anniversary Book and appreciate the passion and determination of Jacinta Richmond who conceived the idea of a local fashion week but grew it into an international event on par with any such event anywhere in the world. I have been wonderfully honoured to have been asked to write this foreward and to be a small part of Australian Fashion History.