At just twenty-nine years of age, designer Paul Vasileff has truly made his mark in the fashion industry with his unique skill and the scope of his creative vision. The young boy who learned to sew with his grandmother has built a label that has become a national icon.
Vasileff studied at Milan’s prestigious Instituto Europe di Design, and has since captivated clientele and media alike with his whimsical designs and expert tailoring.
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 Best Australian Evening Wear Designer in the Prix de Marie Claire Awards. Often inspired by a fable or fairy tale, Vasileff designs each collection holding true to the label’s mainstay; the creation of a grand story through expertly crafted couture.
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 Vasileff himself at the tender age of sixteen. In the years since, the label has become one of Australia’s leading couture houses, specialising in couture designed to accentuate the beauty of the individual. Paolo Sebastian seeks to transport the wearer to a place of reverie and enchantment; where their dreams are made tangible through sentimental storytelling, refined designs, and artisanal grace. Traditional values of authenticity blend old-world glamour with innovation and fantasy, allowing the wearer to create their own personal narrative through the art of couture.
In 2016, Paolo Sebastian presented its Gilded Wings couture collection in Paris for the first time and has continued to return to the home of couture each year to showcase their work on a global stage. In its 10th year, Disney invited Vasileff to partake in a collaboration to produce an exclusive couture collection entitled ‘Once Upon A Dream’. This further launched the Paolo Sebastian label into the international spotlight. Worn by the likes of Kim Kardashian, Megan Gale, Heidi Klum, Kerry Washington, Katy Perry, and Hailee Steinfeld, Paolo Sebastian is considered a firm favourite on both the runway and red carpet.
Handmade in Adelaide, Australia, each Paolo Sebastian gown is expertly crafted by Vasileff’s team of talented ateliers. Delicate tulle, French lace and romantic silhouettes are key features of Paolo Sebastian creations, often featuring intricate hand embroidery and elegant draping.
Welcoming clients from around the world, the team in the atelier tailor every element of the design process to the client, with meticulous consultation and personal fittings being an integral part of the Paolo Sebastian couture experience. The Paolo Sebastian team’s use of old world artisanal techniques continually celebrates the importance of couture craftsmanship and keeps their work at the highest standard.