Fashfest 2016



Canberra’s annual fashion festival has always sought to be more than just a fashion show. As well as showcasing the work of local, national, and international designers, the program will also provide a platform for live musicians, filmmakers, models, and hair and makeup artists.

In its fourth year, the festival has set out to shake things up so that even the seasoned show-goer will find something new to appreciate. Here is our rundown on what to expect.


A New Format

This year, Fashfest will run as six distinct shows over three nights. If you haven’t got the cash or stamina to attend all six shows, a double show pass to one night is the perfect option. But as each show will present the work of different designers and retailers, choose your night wisely if you go for this option.


More Music

Fashfest has partnered with no fewer than twenty-five live musicians who will perform across the festival. The music will play a huge part in shaping the theme of each show, so is a major draw card in itself. We caught up with Mondecreen, one of the acts who will be playing on the closing night of Fashfest. Read our interview here.


More Designers

As well as some old favoutites, including Pure Pod, Braddon Tailers, and Karen Lee, a number of designers will also be making their debut, such as Charly Thorn, who we chatted to after she presented a collection as part of Fashionation in Cooma.

Not only will you get to see local Canberra talent, a number of interstate and international designers will also be showing, including Cameron & James, SZN and Cadia Belante from Melbourne, Eder by Anna and Fleur and Felix from Sydney, and Melanie Child from New Zealand.

With so much talent on show, we recommend you take the time to look at all of the designers on the Fashfest website, and each show schedule to make sure you don’t miss out on any of your favourites.


More Retailers

Building on the previous inclusion of local retailers, such as Stephanie’s Boutique Lingerie (you may recall our thoughts on this from last year), Fashfest has again partnered with Stephanie’s boutique, as well as the Canberra Centre and Rebel Muse, to bring bigger labels such as Seed, Country Road, MJ Bale, Simone Perele and Alice McCall to the Fashfest runway.


More Models

This year, Fashfest held a record model casting, with over 500 models trying out. 150 models from Canberra and interstate have made the cut and will feature across the three nights. Many Fashfest model alumni have gone on to have successful modeling careers so keep your eyes peeled for the next big thing.


More Hair and Makeup

For all you beauty junkies out there, more shows means more opportunities for the hair and makeup teams to express themselves. Hair and makeup tends towards the avant garde at Fashfest, but there will be plenty of inspiration to be had.


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Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.

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