Designer Series: Paolo Sebastian

Paul Vasileff, owner and designer at Paolo Sebastian, is just twenty-eight years of age and has become one of Australia’s leading couture gown designers.

Earlier this year we saw Vasileff launch his brand-new couture collection, The Nutcracker, at his Paris showroom and now he’s bringing his designs back home to Adelaide. We had the opportunity to chat with him to learn more about his South Australian born and grown label, Paolo Sebastian.

Who else makes up the team at Paolo Sebastian besides yourself?
The Paolo Sebastian team consists of a group of incredibly talented pattern makers, pattern and fabric cutters, tailors, seamstresses, hand sewers, artists and administrative staff, who all work together to bring our vision to life.

Why and when did you start Paolo Sebastian?
When I was young, I loved making things and working with fabrics, and I loved drawing. I made my first dress with a zip for a friend at age eleven. The label was officially launched when I was in Year 12.

What/Who is your biggest inspiration?
I’m inspired by so many different things, such as art, fairy tales, and music. In the case of The Nutcracker collection, I was listening to ‘Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy’ during the Christmas break last year. Something about the enchanting scores struck a chord with me and I began designing almost immediately.

What’s next for Paolo Sebastian?
We will be showcasing our AW18-19 Couture Collection, The Nutcracker, at this year’s Adelaide Fashion Festival. We launched this collection in Paris earlier in the year, so we are incredibly excited to share it with everyone here in Adelaide.

Images by Simon Cecere

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