This time last year the countdown to Canberra’s annual fashion event FASHFEST was in full swing. Models had been cast, fittings and rehearsals were underway, hair and makeup artists were busy designing looks. This year, however, all has been quiet. Until now.
After a lackluster turn out in 2017 we followed up with a deep dive into why the three-day event may no longer be having the impact it once did in our article Does Fashfest Still Pass the Fash-test? We questioned the venue, the length of the festival, the price-point and the number of local designers participating. Our article ended with a hope that the festival would return to its roots and focus on nurturing and showcasing local talent.
On Monday 24 September, FASHFEST announced that in 2018 things are going to be different. In a welcome effort to return to original form, CEO Clint Hutchison has announced that FASHFEST will be changing it up.
‘We started in a raw, industrial space at the Canberra Airport, then moved to a massive space at the NCC [National Convention Centre]’, Clint explained. ‘This year we’re hosting specialised shows in new venues that allow us to showcase beauty of architecture as well as beauty of fashion and other creative elements.’
The launch event will take place on Friday 19 October at the National Gallery of Australia and will be followed by shows in December and February, which will be held in other venues of cultural and historic significance.
The first event will focus on cocktail and evening wear and will feature three designers: Cooma based Charly Thorn, Sydney based Megan Cannings Designs and Melbourne and Canberra based Maison De Challie Couture, all of whom have presented collections at FASHFEST previously.
We look forward to seeing how FASHFEST performs in its latest iteration.
19 October 2018
National Gallery of Australia
Designers: Charly Thorn, Megan Cannings Desings and Maison De Challie