Australia 2005 Australian Legends - Fashion Designers
- Issue Date : 21 January 2005
- Designed by : Adam Pugh
- Printed by : SNP Sprint
- Print Process : Lithography
- Dimensions: 37.5mm x 26mm
- 1 Description
- 2 Stamps
- 3 First Day Cover
- 4 Maximum Cards
- 5 Presentation Pack
Every year since 1997, the achievements of eminent Australians have been honored with a special stamp release marking the Australia Post Australian Legends Award. The award comprises a gold replica stamp presented to each recipient at an Australia Day lunch. This year’s legends are Australian fashion designers: Prue Acton OBE, Jenny Bannister, Collette Dinnigan, Akira Isogawa, Joe Saba, and Carla Zampatti AM.
- Perforations : 14¾ x 14
- Format: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25)
50c Prue Acton Stamp
In the 1960s Prue Acton brought Australian fashion to the attention of the world with her vibrant, youthful label. Acton graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 1963, and established her own label. Two years later, New York’s Lord & Taylor devoted its windows to her clothes. By age 26 she had a multi-million-dollar business and was selling in four continents.
50c Jenny Bannister Stamp
One of fashion’s true originals, Bannister established her label in 1976. Her early punk-inspired work, seen by many as outrageous and subversive, is now recognised as being ahead of its time. Bannister opened her own boutique in Melbourne in 1997 and is now known for her meticulously constructed evening wear.
50c Collette Dinnigan Stamp
Dinnigan has achieved remarkable success since her label launch in 1990. The exquisite hand-made, ultra-feminine evening wear is sought after by celebrity clients worldwide. She is the only Australian designer to be invited by Paris’s Chambre Syndicale for its Prêt-à-Porter official programme. Dinnigan also designs a lingerie line for Britain’s Marks & Spencer.
50c Akira Isogawa Stamp
After settling in Australia in 1986, Isogawa graduated from East Sydney College in 1995. He created a sensation at the first Mercedes Australian Fashion Week held in 1996 impressing Joan Burstein, owner of London's Browns. She subsequently bought his entire collection. In 1999, Isogawa was named Australian Designer of the Year and Best Women’s Wear Designer. He has designed costumes for the Sydney Dance Company and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He is the only Australian fashion designer to exhibit solo at a major national or state institution.
50c Joe Saba Stamp
Joe Saba has had a powerful influence on Australian fashion since 1965 when he opened his Joseph Saba Shirt and Sweater Shop in Melbourne. In 1969 he launched the jeanswear label “Staggers” and for almost 30 years, his men’s and women’s label “Saba” sold in his shops nationally. During the 1970s and 1980s, Saba emerged as one of the world’s leading fashion buyers introducing Australia to new influences, especially from Japan. In 1996 his company won the Australian Fashion Menswear Award and was named as the Powerhouse Museum’s Fashion House of the Year.
50c Carla Zampatti Stamp
Carla Zampatti is an iconic name in Australian fashion. With her unique blend of European style and Australian savvy, Zampatti has long been recognised as both an inimitable designer and a superb businesswoman. In addition to her chic clothes sold in her nationwide retail chain, Zampatti has designed cars for the female market. Her own label extends to fashion accessories, fragrances and eyewear.
- Perforations : die cut 11¼ syncopated
- Format: booklets of 10
First Day Cover
The first day of issue postmark was GPO Melbourne VIC 3000. A first day cover for the self-adhesive varieties was not officially produced.