Under pressure from international competition, unaffordable real estate and manufacturing woes, Australia’s fashion industry is facing a crisis. But there are signs of hope amidst the gloom.
SYDNEY, Australia — Australian fashion has an image problem. When I mentioned to friends that I was thinking of attending Rosemount Australian Fashion Week in Sydney, the reaction ranged from raised eyebrows to incredulous laughter. Others quipped that the sum total of Australia’s contribution to global fashion could be distilled down to Ugg boots and swimwear. “Surely you’d only be going to take some time in the