YOU’VE SEEN his designs on Kimmy-K in June’s edition of Vogue, and on big-name celebrities all over the world so there is no questioning that Adelaide label Paolo Sebastian is well and truly taking the world of fashion by storm.

Following shows in Paris, Paolo Sebastian has just launched its latest couture collection, Gilded Wings and (you guessed it) we’re bringing it to you first (you’re welcome!).

Paul Vasileff was just 17 when he launched his first collection in 2007. The now 26-year-old from Adelaide is as humble as ever, despite being such a huge success, telling Stylehunter “there’s still a long way to go”.

If the stunning designs we’d already seen by Vasileff were anything to go by, we knew we’d be in for a treat with his latest collection … and, boy, did he deliver. I was lucky enough to have a chat with Paolo Sebastian’s talented designer about his creations; his personal life and all things fashion.


Stylehunter: We read that you learnt to sew with your Grandmother. Can you describe the influence your Grandmother/family had on your career?

Paul Vasileff: They have always instilled in me the values that I have carried with me throughout my life. My grandmother is very disciplined when it comes to sewing. She sees it as an art form and is a total perfectionist, so I think that way of creating clothing has been passed down to me. I think this has really set me up with a strong foundation because no matter what I do my family and friends are always there supporting me one hundred per cent. I can’t even put into words how much that support helps me to grow and to always strive to do my absolute best.

Photography by Simon Cecere

SH: You were only 17 when your first collection was launched in 2007 – that’s an incredible achievement. Did you ever think it would get you to where you are now?

PV: It is what I planned for and what I’ve always dreamed of, but I’m not quite there yet. There’s still a long way to go. I don’t know if you told me at age seventeen that all this would happen whether or not I’d believe it. But at the same time I have always had those expectations of myself, no matter how big and unrealistic they are. I am very grateful that I have been able to follow my dreams and that its worked out but even if I was still working out of my lounge room at home I’d be happy.

SH: You’ve had a lot of big names wear your label including Carrie Bickmore, Samantha Jade, Catt Sadler, Giuliana Rancic and most recently Kim Kardashian in Vogue (June). How does it feel knowing that all these women love and want to wear your creations? 

PV: That’s the part that is surreal. It’s very humbling to hear that people like the label and the clothes, especially when they have such an influence over the industry. You’re really putting yourself out there when you design something new so to know that the work is appreciated is a great feeling.

Photography by Simon Cecere

SH: What is your proudest moment in your career so far?

PV: My very first show back in 2007. It was all so new and really started from nothing, and was such a happy and amazing experience. I was helped and supported by my family and friends so it really was a joint achievement and I will always cherish those memories. It also goes without saying that our recent showings in Paris have been a career highlight for me. It really was like a dream come true.

SH: You’ve got people from all over the world ordering your dresses so it doesn’t seem like there’s any need for you to ever leave Adelaide – do you ever think you would?

PV: With the power of the Internet there really is no need. I love travelling, I find it really inspirational but in terms of a base I love that we are able to do what we do from my hometown. My friends and family surround me and I don’t think I’d have it any other way.

Photography by Simon Cecere

 SH: I understand it was Pinterest and your Swan Lake gown which saw your name enter the fashion world in a big way. Do you have a sort of sentimental value on the Swan Lake gown now? It’s a stunning piece.  

PV: Thank you! Yes, there’s always going to be a sense of nostalgia about the Swan Lake gown for me. I think it’s the flow and the softness of the lines that make it appeal to so many people.

 SH: Do you have a favourite creation? What is it and why is it your favourite? 

PV: That’s a hard one – it changes every season. The Swan Lake gown is certainly up there. I think this season my favourite is the blush winged petal dress which really involved the whole team. With over one hundred hours of handwork involved, it was a lot of fun to create.

Petal Gown
The ‘petal dress’ which took more than 100 hours to make

SH: In your down time, when you’re not designing beautiful dresses, what would we find you doing? 

PV: At the moment there’s not a lot of down time so I’d have to say sleep! But really it’s very normal things. I love spending time with my family and friends watching movies, or going out for dinner or dessert.

SH: What’s on the cards for Paolo Sebastian in the coming seasons?

PV: I’m currently working on the designs. As always, we like to keep the theme a surprise until we launch, so I can’t reveal too much. I can say that the design development is my favourite part of the creative process, and I’m always really excited to see those concepts come to life as they evolve.

It’s safe to say that we are dying to see what Vasileff and the Paolo Sebastian team creates next.