The Designer Edit : PAOLO SEBASTIAN

It's hard to believe the man behind Australian couture powerhouse @paolo_sebastian is just 27 years old, but Paul Vasileff is nothing if not extraordinary. 

His exquisite gowns already command the type of respect given to industry stalwarts like @maisonvalentino and @oscardelarenta. They're sought after by celebrities, gracing the red carpet at events including The Academy Awards and The Logies. 

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"I remember waking up the day that my dress was on the Oscars' red carpet and I just couldn't believe it", Vasileff explains.  "As a child I used to watch the Oscars and be so inspired by seeing the women walk down in these beautiful gowns." He says, "To think that my gowns are one of those gowns on these movie stars that I look up to... I don't even know how to describe that feeling, because it doesn't feel real." 

"To think that my gowns are one of those gowns on these movie stars that I look up to... I don't even know how to describe that feeling, because it doesn't feel real."

I first met Paul Vasileff nine years ago, as a talented and ambitious 18 year old. He was busy preparing for his second fashion parade from his parents' garage in Adelaide's western suburbs. Even then, you could tell his future was bright. Within a year, he'd secured a scholarship to learn from the best of the best in Milan.

A decade later, he employs 18 staff at Paolo Sebastian's HQ in Adelaide and this year for the first time he launched one of his collections in Paris. He says doing a photoshoot in front of the Eiffel Tower was a dream come true, "You're there and you just pinch yourself. You feel like someone else is watching it happen to you."

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In January, Vasileff's hard work was recognised when he was named Young Australian of the Year. The accolade's just one of many incredible achievements. For the past month, his designs have been on display at @artgalleryofsa in his first exhibition.

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To Vasileff, true style is timeless. He says he draws his inspiration from vintage glamour, "It's something that I've had since I was born, that I'm just drawn to, that fairytale, old Hollywood, romantic world and so that's something that no matter what I do will come into each piece."

"It's something that I'm just drawn to, that fairytale, old Hollywood, romantic world and so that's something that no matter what I do will come into each piece."

His latest, SPRING SUMMER 18 Collection is no exception. It was inspired by the magic of @disney, aptly named, 'Once Upon A Dream'.

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I was lucky enough to attend the launch last month, when Paolo Sebastian closed the @adlfashionfest.

The setting for the parade was incredible, transporting the audience into the world of Disney, with elegant gowns and jumpsuits fit for a modern-day princess. Each piece, showcases the undeniable skill of Vasileff and his team, using the finest materials and the precision beading and sequining Paolo Sebastian lovers have become accustomed to. It's no wonder the couture's in demand overseas, with clientele growing in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Watch this space, the sky's certainly the limit for this talented young designer!

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