Canberra fashion designer Alice Sutton of Edition chosen for international exchange
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Canberra fashion designer Alice Sutton of Edition chosen for international exchange

Canberra fashion designer Alice Sutton is heading to South Korea after being selected for an international fashion exchange.

Sutton was selected as one of three Australian designers for the Australia-Korea Foundation Emerging Designer Exchange Program, which is being run for the first time in 2017.

Canberra fashion designer Alice Sutton of Edition.

Canberra fashion designer Alice Sutton of Edition.Credit:Oliver Armstrong

Along with Clea Garrick from Melbourne and Bianca Mavrick from Brisbane, Sutton will travel to Seoul in March to meet with three chosen Korean designers and the group will visit trade events, learn from industry mentors and attend Seoul Fashion Week.

It will be the first time to South Korea for Sutton, who's excited about how it could influence her designs.

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Model Hannah Arnold wears a piece from the latest Edition collection by Alice Sutton.

Model Hannah Arnold wears a piece from the latest Edition collection by Alice Sutton. Credit:Lauren Campbell

"It'll be interesting because my style is quite Canberra - I love black, I love layering I love grey," she said.

"And I think it'll be quite nice to get that injection of the more Asian styles, maybe a bit brighter. I'm quite excited for all of that. And some of the Korean designers that are part of the program, their work is just amazing so it will be really great to see how my work relates to theirs, just growing up in a different place."

At the end of May, the Korean designers will then visit Australia for a similar trip during Australian Fashion Week.

The whole program runs for two years, and is a collaboration between Queensland University of Technology and Seoul National University.

"I think the idea is to work on projects with [the other designers] via online correspondence, and maybe create a project with one of the other designers or just learn from each other. So it's quite open to whatever possibilities come up. There's nothing really set in stone that we have to achieve, just work collaboratively on something," said Sutton.

Sutton's label Edition focuses on wearable garments created using a zero waste process. Her latest collection debuted at the 2016 Fashfest, and the Fashfest team referred Sutton for the international exchange.

Jil Hogan is an food and lifestyle reporter at The Canberra Times.

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