Australian Fashion Designers Took Government Grants Before They Folded: Report

A model showcases designs on the runway at the Lisa Ho show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Art Gallery Of NSW on April 10, 2013.

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Before it collapsed this month, loss-making fashion brand Lisa Ho was given nearly $200,000 in government hand-outs, according to an article in The Age newspaper.

Lisa Ho was given an $188,731 grant, and fellow fashion house Bettina Liano was given $300,000 in “innovation” payments after going into voluntary administration, writes Simon Johanson at The Age.

Liano’s venture went into voluntary administration in July 2011. Before that she applied for $297,526 in Building Innovation Capability grants from the Department of Innovation’s AusIndustry body.


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Despite her business being restructured, it was given the money in June 2012.

They were not the only brands to get a leg-up from The Government.

Johanson writes that a total of $22.5 million in funds last financial year were given to a list of high-profile fashion brands.

Anthea Crawford got $400,834, Scanlan and Theodore pocketed $367,210 and Carla Zampatti recieved $265,088.

Supre received the most taxpayer support at more than $2.3 million.

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