RAQ Awards & Bio

RAQ awards

Some of the many RAQ awards won by Daniel Lightfoot

The Daniel Lightfoot label concentrates on designing and manufacturing upmarket women’s wear and has clocked up an amazing number of fashion awards. The latest tally is 18 Awards at the Retailers’ Association of Queensland Fashion Design Awards. Of these the Supreme Award from the RAQ in 1988, 1989 and 1991 stands high. Now that our label has won 3 of these highly coveted Supreme Awards we have been inducted into the RAQ Hall of Fame.

Also the Daniel Lightfoot label was officially recognized as Australia’s No.1 fashion label in Formal Daywear when it won the 1991 Australian Fashion Awards category “A Day at the Golden Slipper Races” and again in 1992 when it won “City Day Wear – Pret – A – Porter.” These fashion awards recognised as Australia’s most significant since they were inaugurated in 1971. Our winning entry made us the first Queensland label to win an Australian Award in the Australian Fashion Awards 25 year history.

The Daniel Lightfoot name is now firmly recognised as a leading Australian design label particularly through its two FIA wins in 1991 and 1992 and its entry into the RAQ Hall of fame in 1992. It is synonymous with elegance, quality and Queensland.

FIA Australian Fashion Awards:

1992 – City Day Wear – Pret – A – Porter
1991 – Day Wear “A Day at the Golden Slipper Races”

Retailers’ Association of Queensland Fashion Design Awards (RAQ awards):

1992 – Hall of Fame
1991 – Supreme Award, Collections – Women, Collections – Men, Designer Day Wear, PM Wear
1990 – Designer Day Wear, PM Wear
1989 – Supreme Award, Career Wear, Designer Day Wear, PM Wear
1988 – Supreme Award, Career Wear, Collections, PM Wear
1987 – Best New Designer
1986 – Best New Designer
1985 – Encouragement Award

Concourse D’Elegance Awards:

1986 – Supreme Award


Daniel Lightfoot ready for the racesABOUT ME

Born in Brisbane in 1964, Daniel’s passion for design emerged at an early age when he watched his aunt, who was a seamstress for a top Brisbane couturier, at work. This passion drove Daniel to study fashion design at both Seven Hills College of TAFE, and Mt Gravatt TAFE. In 1985, at the age of 20, Daniel established his own label and in that same year won the first of his 18 Retailers’ Association of Queensland (RAQ) awards, the encouragement award. Seven years later, in 1992, Daniel was inducted into the RAQ Hall of Fame. In 1997 Daniel was recognized on an international scale when he was voted best Day Wear designer in the world, defeating 85 fashion designers for the honour, at the annual Miss World competition. Australia’s entrant in the contest wore the winning Daniel Lightfoot creation.

​When starting out in the industry, Daniel exclusively designed up-market women’s wear; however, he diversified his company in 1987 to include corporate uniforms, and then again in 1991 to include up- market men’s wear. As both managing director and design director of the Daniel Lightfoot Studio, it is Daniel’s task to oversee all aspects of the company’s operation as well as its future direction. As the sole designer he also responsible for the design of each item of clothing that leaves the studio.

Corporate clients make up the majority of Daniel’s business, and he services many of the State’s largest and most successful corporations and schools.
Daniel is further committed to ensuring the growth of the Queensland fashion industry. He is a member of the QUT Advisory Board for the implementation of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion Design and is a member of the Australian Fashion Design Awards Committee (formerly the RAQ Awards). Daniel is also involved in the State Government’s development of Creativity is Big Business ? A Framework for the future, as part of the Fashion Industry Working Group, an initiative focusing on the development of Queensland’s fashion industry.

Daniel Lightfoot, through both his couture and corporate labels, has been a leader and a force amongst Queensland’s and Australia’s growing fashion industry. His continued drive for excellence and his determination to create flawlessly designed and manufactured garments provides both long-term and new-found clients the assurance of right first time, every time.