Creative Director and Founder, Paul Vasileff, learnt to sew from the age of three. Initially taught by his Grandmother he completed his first evening dress at age eleven, Vasileff was fascinated by the inner workings and underpinnings of garments. With dreams of one day becoming a couture designer, he developed his skills by undertaking private lessons in pattern making and sewing from the age of thirteen.
After debuting his first collection at age seventeen to raving reviews from the public and press, Vasileff immediately began taking orders for private clients. Wanting to further his skills and knowledge he sought out an apprenticeship with an Italian tailor practising in traditional sartorial methods, where he would develop his knowledge and technique. Shortly after, he was granted a scholarship to the prestigious Europeo Instituto di Design in Milan, Italy, where he graduated with honours. After returning to Australia, Vasileff expanded the business to employ and train staff that were equally passionate about honouring the traditions of fine sewing.
In 2017, Vasileff was awarded ‘Young Australian of the Year’ for his work in founding Paolo Sebastian and its contribution to the Australian fashion industry. He was later awarded ‘Designer of The Year’ in the Prix de Marie Claire Awards.Vasileff continues to follow his dream, further developing the brand and business with an international clientele, annual showings in Paris, and adhering to the highest standards of craftsmanship.
The 2007 launch of the first Paolo Sebastian collection marked the label’s foray into the fashion world. This original collection was designed, drafted, and hand-sewn by Paul Vasileff himself, at the age of seventeen.
In the years since, the label has evolved to become one of Australia’s leading couture houses, specialising in garments designed to accentuate the beauty of the individual.
With a love of producing grand showcases, Paolo Sebastian was honored to present in Paris for the first time in the 2016 with its Gilded Wings collection. A step in the right direction to achieving Vasileff’s dreams, Paolo Sebastian has continued to return to the home of couture to showcase their work on the international stage. Often inspired by fables or fairy tales, Vasileff and his team create each collection holding true to the label’s mainstay. Key features of Paolo Sebastian creations include intricate hand-embroidery, elegant draping, delicate tulle, French lace, and romantic silhouettes.
Welcoming clients from around the world, the atelier tailors every element of the design process to the client. Private consultations and fittings combined with impeccable service are integral to creating a luxurious experience for Paolo Sebastian clients.
Handmade in Adelaide, South Australia, each piece is brought to life through the mastery of Vasileff and his team of 18 specialised seamstresses. Having built a team that strives for excellence, each member exhibits the highest level of care and meticulous attention to detail that can be seen throughout every stage of their work.