Fashionably Numb – Changing the Way we Think About Fashion


  For most of us, clothes are fun. As well as protecting us from the elements, they offer a mechanism for self-expression, an opportunity to try on different personas. We enjoy the thrill of the chase, constantly seeking the buzz that finding the perfect hard to find item produces. And then, once that thrill wears off, we do it all again. We want more, more, more and more often. The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Many of the people who work to produce the clothes we wear don’t earn a living wage and… Continue Reading

Slow Fashion Workshop


  The rise of fast fashion and the increasing consumer demand for the latest trends has cemented the fashion industry as one of the world’s biggest polluters. Textile waste, toxic chemicals, and pesticides used in farming are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the impact that the clothes we buy and wear have on the environment. An increasing number of designers and fashion labels are stepping up to make a change in the way they practice business and if you are thinking of starting a label today, there is no question that it should be an… Continue Reading

Australian Label Edition on its way to Seoul Fashion Week


  Canberra based fashion label Edition has been named as one of only three Australian labels to take part in a new program that will see the label, and it’s designer Alice Sutton, take part in Seoul Fashion Week in March as well as Sydney Fashion Week in May. The Australia-Korea Foundation Emerging Designer Exchange Program is an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which aims to allow the successful designers to connect and collaborate internationally as well as immerse them in a culture they may not be familiar with. Each of the six participants, three from… Continue Reading

Reclaim


  Among the works featured in the latest group exhibition at Craft ACT, ‘Reclaim’, are three jumpers. All folds and tucks of wool, these sculptural pieces call out to be touched and examined from every angle. Designed by one of Canberra’s best known independent fashion labels, Corr Blimey, they bear all the hallmarks of the label: innovative design, sustainable and ethical practice, and a certain theatricality in the finished product. Designers Louisa de Smet and Steven Wright launched Corr Blimey in 2001 and have continued to push the boundaries of design ever since, building a cult following and cementing the… Continue Reading

Assemblage Project


  The Assemblage Project is a creative hub and retail space located in the Ori building in Braddon. Quietly luxurious dresses, separates, and outerwear reside in a large airy space that also includes a design studio. A stable of over ten labels with a similar aesthetic and focus on sustainable and ethical fashion makes mixing and matching easy.   Who: This shop is for the ladies. What: Quality, timeless pieces from Canberra, interstate, and New Zealand based labels such as Karen Lee, SNZ, Pure Pod, and Kowtow. How Much: $$$ Why: The setup of the Assemblage Project retail space allows… Continue Reading

Fashfest – Saturday Show Five ‘Spectra’


  ‘Band of colour, a visual display. Explore where you sit on the fashion spectrum. This is the show for people looking to make a statement and express themselves in true colour.’ – Fashfest show notes   Perhaps the strongest show of the festival in terms of the cohesion of the designers showing, ‘Spectra’ featured ethical and sustainable fashion from almost exclusively Canberra based labels.   Karen Lee   A Fashfest veteran (the label has now appeared at Fashfest four times), Canberra designer Karen Lee specialises in creating timeless, quality pieces to be treasured and valued. Her new collection featured… Continue Reading

Ethical and Sustainable Fashion at Fashfest Part 2


The rise of fast fashion and increasing consumer demand for the latest trends has cemented the fashion industry as one of the world’s biggest polluters. Textile waste, toxic chemicals, and pesticides used in farming are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the impact that the clothes on our back have on the environment. An increasing number of designers and fashion labels are stepping up to make a change both in terms of cleaning up their supply chains and ensuring ethical conditions for their workers. With Canberra fashion festival, Fashfest, coming up, we wanted to find out… Continue Reading

Ethical and Sustainable Fashion at Fashfest Part 1


The rise of fast fashion and increasing consumer demand for the latest trends has cemented the fashion industry as one of the world’s biggest polluters. Textile waste, toxic chemicals, and pesticides used in farming are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the impact that the clothes on our back have on the environment. An increasing number of designers and fashion labels are stepping up to make a change both in terms of cleaning up their supply chains and ensuring ethical conditions for their workers. With Canberra fashion festival, Fashfest, coming up, we wanted to find out… Continue Reading