The stacked, nine-day program will feature runways by the country’s top labels, workshops, talks, parties, exhibitions, films and retail experiences.
This year is the festival's quarter of a century, and to honour the milestone the Opening Town Hall Runway on August 30 will showcase some of the city’s most renowned designers – J’Aton Couture, Martin Grant, Nevenka and Thurley. For the retrospective show each designer will present their latest collections as well as archival pieces.
Reacting to the quantum shift towards more ethically conscious practices in the fashion industry, sustainability has a dedicated section in the program. Learn the art of upcycling with some simple sewing techniques on August 31, and on September 2 there’s a talk by Bianca Spender (the daughter of – and former designer for – Carla Zampatti) about sustainable fashion. On September 5 hear from the emerging ethical designers behind Remuse Designs, Vege Threads, Allora and A.BCH about the ethos behind their labels.
New to the line-up this year is a series of free, non-ticketed street runways at iconic Melbourne locations such as Chinatown, Collins Street, Seafarers Bridge and Caledonian Lane, plus a poolside runway of athleisure looks at the Melbourne City Baths on September 4.