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Ms Kay McMahon
Discipline *
Design Practice and Management, Other Built Environment and Design
+61 7 3138 4541
+61 7 3138 8105
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Identifiers and profiles

Graduate Diploma in Education (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

Australian Fashion Business Models, Consumer Trend Forecasting, Fashion Business Models, Fashion Incubator, Fashion Industry Trends, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Retail Models, Marketing In Fashion, Mentor Early Stage Fashion Designers/Entrepreneurs, The Fleet Store

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Kay is a fashion industry entrepreneur, commentator, lecturer and business advisor.

Currently she is a lecturer, tutor and industry panel assessor for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fashion Design) in Creative Industries and lectures in the logistics of the fashion/garment industry supply chain, and the consumer, economic and social trends that are affecting the contemporary fashion and lifestyle industries.

She co-ordinates the publication of Frock Paper Scissors, a student fashion magazine (5,000 copies distributed throughout south east Queensland) and website. Kay also initiated the setting up and running of the Fleet Store (pop up) which has been located in the Wintergarden Arcade Brisbane, Old Government House George Street Brisbane, a shipping container Kelvin Grove and the QUT Design Block at Garden’s Point.

Recently Kay was the Fashion Business Advisor for QUT Creative Enterprise Australia where she mentored early stage fashion businesses and was instrumental in setting up the Fashion Business Incubator. She was also a Project Manager for the AKIN Collection, a collaboration of Indigenous artists and emerging fashion designers, which was showcased at the inaugural National Indigenous Fashion Week, the 2014 NAIDOC celebrations at Canberra and sponsored by the Australian Government to showcase at the Australian Ambassador’s Residence in Jakarta Indonesia for the Australian Cultural Program 2014..

Her industry experience ranges from marketing consultant to various designers/labels, retail buyer, part owner and manager of her own label and retail outlet, wholesale agent, training and staff consultant, overseas work and study tours. She presents public lectures and panel discussions on the future of the fashion industry and conducts seminars and workshops for creative industries’ artisans through to business managers.

Kay has several years consultancy experience in public relations positions both here and overseas, working with firms such as Topshop and Miss Selfridge in the UK where she supervised their regional press and public relations.

Talk Creative, her latest company, consulted with national and international clients on business trend forecasting and their branding and positioning in the marketplace.

Her journalism and print media experience includes writer/columnist for national and Queensland fashion industry magazines such as Ragtrader, Next and the Queensland TCF Trade and Fashion Journal.

Kay has recently been voted onto the Executive Committee of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI), the key international body representing fashion institutes promoting excellence in learning and teaching and benchmarking research. She is one of only two elected academics from the Australasian Area. Kay was selected to sit on the Advisory Panel for the State Government HEAT Fashion Initiative and was a member of the Enterprise Connect Fashion Steering Committee for several years.

Her research interests focus on the business sustainability of the fashion industry and authentic learning opportunities for her students.


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Frock Paper Scissors magazine, website and app. taught through Fashion & Style Journalism

The Fleet Store (pop up)

The Indonesian Study Tour

The New York Study Tour

This information has been contributed by Ms Kay McMahon.



Executive Committee Member for the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institute (IFFTI)

Steering Committee Member for the Queensland Govt. HEAT Fashion Initiative

Managing Editor of Frock Paper Scissors magazine and

Project Manager for The Fleet Store – pop up store

Business mentor for The CEA Fashion Business Incubator

WIIN grant for regional workshops on sustainability and e-marketing

A Project Manager for the AKIN Indigenous Collection and associated events and activities

Indonesian Study Tour

New York Study Tour

A Project Manager for the Westfield Couture Academy Award


This information has been contributed by Ms Kay McMahon.


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Awards and recognition

Appointment to Prestigious Positions
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Executuve Committee International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence (Individual) - learning and teaching, partnerships and engagement
Funding Award
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In collaboration with QUT CEA gained a $50,000 grant for the AKIN Collection
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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Vice Chancellor's Performance Award (Individual) - learning and teaching, partnerships and engagement and client focus
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
Member Fashion Industry Steering Committee for HEAT Fashion initiative (DEEDI)promoting Queensland fashion internationally.