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19 Jun 2015

THE Gold Coast fashion industry is poised for some high-end exposure this week as some of the country's biggest fashion agents gather for a closed trade event to be held in Surfers Paradise.

The move comes as the local fashion industry recognises the growing importance of resort fashion among the Chinese who are emerging as one of the fastest growing tourism markets in the world.

The Emerging Designer Trade Fair, an initiative from the organisers of the Gold Coast Swim Fashion Festival, will host eight top line agents, including power agent Phoebe Garland of Garland and Garland and Kim Van Weelde of VW Fashion at Soul this weekend.

The agents will meet one-on-one with 11 Queensland designers in a bid to source innovative new designs to meet what the industry sees as a lucrative growth sector.

"It will be a very intense day for both agents and for designers," says organiser Leanne St George.

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