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Dear Pageant Girl,

Exciting things are in store for one of our best friends.
For Sylvia Lee, 2012 has just handed her the best birthday present.
The Australian couturier, best known for her controversial Miss Universe Australia 2011 evening gown and just fresh from completing her Autumn/Winter 2012 collection will be heading to New York to work for Diane Von Furstenberg’s design team.
Sylvia was handpicked to be a part of a global mentoring program and will call the DVF head office and New York city home for the next four months.  She will be heading to New York at the beginning of April and will be starting with the DVF team on April 11 – her birthday.
Sylvia Lee courted controversy when she put Miss Universe Australia 2011, Scherri-Lee Biggs in a see-through nude gown for the Miss Universe competition in Brazil last year.  The $24K gown made international headlines and almost cost Biggs the opportunity to even compete for the crown.  A last minute campaign and a change of heart by the show’s producers eventually allowed Biggs to compete who made the semi finals.
“I’ve been getting a huge amount of attention from brides to be be worldwide, asking for a replica of that dress”, says Sylvia.
Since her Miss Universe success Sylvia has been in demand in the bridal and pageant circuit. She has also been in the celebrity dressing circles, recently dressing Lauryn Eagle for the up and coming Celebrity Apprentice Australia series.
Sylvia looks forward to her stint with Von Furstenberg and hopes to use this opportunity to enhance her skills and refine her craft.
“Diane has been an inspiration for me – she has been in the industry for so long.  Her career is one that I strive to emulate.  She has a classic, timeless but always chic style and signature look that inspires me.”
Expect big things from Sylvia on her return in July, where she plans to then begin her return to the Australian scene with her Spring/Summer 2013 collection.
“My collection then will be more refined, specialized and glamorous.  This time around I will be focussing heavily on cocktail and evening dresses and try to establish myself as the ‘go to girl’ for special occasion dressing”.
As for New York, Sylvia plans to take a big bite out of the Big Apple.


Sylvia Lee with Scherri Biggs

“I’ll be taking the dress with me and will be collaborating with photographers and stylists and see how far I can go with that.”