When WA Fashion Week - as it was called then - was first launched in 1999, its founder Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan had to supplement a handful of local designer parades with retail showcases of interstate names.
But in recent times, the Perth Fashion Festival, as it is now known, has been more than able to fill up its week-long calendar with parades from WA-based designers.
So much fashion industry talent comes out of the State - from designers to models, make-up artists and photographers - that Eastern States-based fashion lovers have increasingly begun looking west, hoping to get a glimpse into the source of Perth's creative energy.
This year, the vision is more inclusive. The program mixes parades by local designers with collections from the likes of Ellery, Camilla and Marc, Gorman and swimwear label We Are Handsome, all well-known brands nationally.
Although PFF "face" Chrystal Copland and designers Kym Ellery and brother-and-sister duo Camilla and Marc will not attend this year's event in person, there are plenty of high-profile guests expected to be sitting front row during the week.
Perth Fashion Festival's official guest blogger is racing royalty and fashion commentator Kate Waterhouse, while Australian supermodel Samantha Harris will tweet her thoughts on the local fashion scene exclusively for _The West Australian _.
Tonight the festival celebrates its first 15 years with an invitation-only soiree at the WA Museum's historic Hackett Hall. Themed around the event's crystal anniversary, guests will watch a parade by six of the State's best-known labels - Empire Rose, Morrison, Flannel, Ruth Tarvydas, One Fell Swoop and Zhivago.
Other expected highlights include the popular Myer Fashion Luncheon, fashion-parade-and-pop-concert Fashionably Loud, the Chic Model Search and The Business Behind The Glamour, a fashion luncheon featuring marie claire Australia editor Jackie Frank.
Camilla and Marc's sit-down dinner on Sunday night, which will showcase their latest resort collection, and Ellery's closing night parade at Linton and Kay Galleries, are two of the most anticipated events on the calendar.
Jaime Lee, who came to international fame earlier this year when she dressed pop star Kimbra for the Grammy Awards, is also expected to produce a memorable show.
The Bali-based designer's work straddles the line between costume and couture, with dresses sometimes sporting hundreds of embellishments.
From the elegance of Morrison and Flannel to the flights of fancy associated with Student Runway's graduate designers, audiences are guaranteed a fascinating mix of the commercial and avant-garde.