This September, Christopher Esber will make his runway debut at Paris Fashion Week. The designer’s signature cut-out dresses are a cult fave amongst the Hollywood elites.
Esber is one of only a handful of Australian designers who has the opportunity to speak at the prestigious event. Toni Maticevski, Kym Ellery, Zimmermann, Collette Dinnigan, and Romance Was Born are a few of the previous local designers to exhibit at Paris Fashion Week.
“I’m excited to share this next chapter with you all. A dream come true. CE x.”
The Christopher Esber runway takes place on September 28 at 4.30pm, in a warehouse that “doesn’t feel traditionally Parisian,” he tells the Australian Financial Review during an interview.
The designer, who is now renowned for his intricate craftsmanship and profound knowledge of the feminine form, began his career at the age of 22, right after graduating from fashion school. His debut during Australian Fashion Week in 2010 helped him launch his brand. His collection caught the eye of Belinda Seper, a shopkeeper in Sydney, who started carrying his products in her shop, The Corner Shop.
The fashion designer debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and won the L’Oréal National Designer Award. And only a year later, in 2014, Esber takes the honour of Woolmark Prize winner, advancing to the finals of the global Woolmark Prize. The same year, Sara Maino chose the designer to receive the Most Talented Designer Award for Australia-Pacific from Vogue Italia.
While Esber’s showing at Paris is his first on-schedule, he’s maintained a consistent presence in the city with market showrooms for main and pre collections. Harrods, MatchesFashion.com, Net-A-Porter, Printemps, Saks and Selfridges are just a few of the renowned department stores and major international online retailers carrying the Christopher Esber line.
Esber has experienced his share of big moments; from dressing Dua Lipa to Margot Robbie, Zendaya, and Rihanna. But Paris is the greatest rush. He first put together ideas for his brand in college; but during an interview with Vogue, he claims that momentum began to build after he began to follow his instincts.
“I feel like, when things started to really work was when I put my head down and did my own thing, and just trusted my intuition on what feels right, and what opportunities to turn down or follow,” he recalls. “I know it’s bad to say, but the less you listen to people, the better sometimes.”
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