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 work in unsafe conditions. Coupled with our constant desire for new, fueling consumerism and leading to masses of textile waste ending up in landfill, fashion doesn’t seem so fun anymore.

The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way.

We invite you to join as at a very special event taking place as part of Design Canberra that wants to change the way you think about what you wear and what you buy and how your choices as a consumer can effect the industry.

Fashionably Numb – The Long Green Thread of Change consists of two parts: an ethical designer market during the afternoon and an industry panel event and twilight market in the evening, both taking place in the New Dairy Road Studios in Fyshwick.


The Ethical Designer Market – 2pm- 5.30pm

Ethical designers, makers and creatives will all have wares available for sale with roving models, entertainment, installations, artworks and much more. The market is the perfect place to pick up Christmas presents with a difference.


Industry Panel – 6pm–9pm

Melinda Tually, coordinator for Fashion Revolution Australia & New Zealand, will chair this ticketed panel. Panelists will discuss the state of the industry and what makers and consumers can do to have an impact.

Panelists include:

  • Brian Tunks – ceramic and textile designer of Bison Homewears
  • Jennifer Nini – founder and Editor of Eco Warrior Princess
  • Rachel Pines – founder and ethical designer of Moonbird
  • Faye De Lanty – eco stylist, stylist for The Salvation Army Stores, writer at Fashion Hound
  • Kelli Donovan – founder and ethical designer of Pure Pod, Fashion Revolution ACT representative



Building a Conscious Wardrobe

We will be launching our first book Building a Conscious Wardrobe at the event and would love for you to come down, say hi and buy one! Everyone who buys a copy on the day will get a signed copy and illustrator Lexi Keelan will even illustrate a little picture of you inside the book.


Ethical Designer Market


Saturday 11 November, 2pm–5.30pm

New Dairy Road Studios

Dairy Road, Fyshwick,


Industry Panel and Twilight Market

Saturday 11 November, 6pm–9pm

New Dairy Road Studios

Dairy Road, Fyshwick,

Buy Tickets

Take advantage of the ‘Bring Your Bestie’ ticket offer and get a discount when you buy 2 tickets together


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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