A journey through 200 Years of Australian Fashion

From skilfully knitted jumpers starring cockatoos, to custom capes made from possum fur: this is Australian fashion through the ages. The National Gallery of Victoria’s 200 Years of Australian Fashion exhibition involves more than 120 works from over 90 Australian fashion designers. Presented throughout four large gallery rooms at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, it is the first retrospective of Australian fashion to be undertaken on home ground. The exhibition highlights the significant impact of geography on design and function of Australian garments, both in terms of Australia’s isolation from the rest of the world, and the country’s diverse… Continue Reading

VAMFF ’16 – Wrap Up

It’s that time of year again, and in 2016 the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival has moved into a glorious new home at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton. The Festival Plaza, nestled between the entrance to the older building and the modern Melbourne Museum, features the obligatory late night café from Lavazza, Priceline Pharmacy Beauty School for pre-show tips, and the stylish Runway Bar to celebrate in afterwards. Opening night saw a dazzling array presented by David Jones including Bianca Spender, Romance was Born, and the bohemian splendour of Camilla With Love. One of my favourite collections on show… Continue Reading

VAMFF ’16 – The Dress Collective Runway

On a balmy summer night in a typical Melbourne venue (converted warehouse hidden down a laneway), comes the first offsite runway for the 2016 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. And what better way to start than with The Dress Collective Runway, whose long line of independent designers include the first women’s-wear collection from Cameron and James, and personal favourite of mine The Prodigal Daughter. The offsite runways provide real bang for your buck, always providing a longer than usual show with a wide range of interesting designs and a crowd passionate about creativity in fashion. Both of our FASHFEST [Canberra’s… Continue Reading