Australian Fashion Council has finalised its merger between the Australian Fashion Chamber and the Council for Textiles and Fashion.

The Australian Fashion Chamber (AFC) and the Council for Textile and Fashion (CTF) first announced their intention to merge late last year.

The two entities made the announcement during a forum held with the Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The bi-annual forum was originally set up with the AFC in order to bring the various areas of the industry together to discuss contemporary issues across the industry from primary industry through to retail.

The new merged organisation will have offices and people in Melbourne and Sydney, as well as a growing textile and fashion industry network around Australia.

Both bodies were set up as not-for-profit organisations with the Council of Textile & Fashion celebrating a 65-year history of service to the industry and the AFC having launched in 2014.

Collectively their membership is drawn from across the fashion and textile industry value chain and includes emerging and established designers, fashion retailers, manufacturers, education, state and national industry associations and students.

AFC chair and Vogue editor Edwina McCann said the merger is a win for the industry.

"This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for Australian fashion with the prospect to really expand and build on both organisations’ achievements to a great future."

CTF chair and Nobody Denim MD John Condilis agreed.

"This marks a turning point for Australian industry and comes at a timely moment to strategically shape our future across the whole spectrum of design and textiles."

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