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Adelaide Fashion Designer Named Young Australian Of The Year

Adelaide born fashion designer Paul Vasileff caught up with Jodie & Soda this morning, fresh off the plane from Canberra after being named Young Australian of the Year. The 26-year-old creator of global fashion brand Paolo Sebastian told Jodie and Soda he was shocked at the accolade.  

“I had already picked who I thought was going to win. I was back in my chair, jacket undone and then they called out my name and I was kind of like, oh quick, get ready. Get yourself fixed up you’ve got to get on stage,” he said.  

Vasileff stitched his first dress at just 11-years-of-age and at 16 showcased his first fashion collection. His stunning hand-made creations are now worn by celebrities all around the world. The 26-year-old has been praised for keeping his business in South Australia, despite it's booming popularity. Vasileff currently operates out of Adelaide with 13 staff and told Jodie and Soda he was committed to continuing to work in Adelaide despite the obvious difficulties.

“It hasn’t been the easiest thing to try and achieve but I love this state, I love Adelaide, it’s home and I can’t imagine doing it anywhere else and I’m just grateful we can do it here,” he said.  

“For me local manufacturing is so important because we lose so much overseas and I think it’s great that local Australians are able to have jobs,”

“We hand make everything here in Adelaide in our studio. It’s just wonderful to be recognised for that,” he continued.

He hopes to inspire other youngsters to take on the world in whatever they chose to pursue.  

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