Melbourne Fashion Week 2023
Expect runways, pop-ups, capsule collections and in-conversation events when Melbourne Fashion Week (MFW) returns. Now in its 29th year, the week-long festival celebrates Melbourne’s vibrant and diverse fashion community.
This year’s theme, For Curious Hearts, turns the spotlight on the behind-the-scenes heroes of MFW. The program highlights more than 300 emerging, independent and established designers and brands, with a continued focus on championing sustainability, inclusivity and the diversity of Australia’s fashion industry.
MFW’s runway program will once again take place all over the city, from abandoned industrial garages to the lavish Regent Theatre – with highlights this year including Jason Grech, Bec + Bridge, Ngali, Blanca Studios, Leo Lin, Aje, J’Aton, Oroton, Mariam Seddiq, Arnsdorf and more. The popular fashion capsules also make their return, with five exhibits showcasing the work of more than 70 local designers, weavers, artisans, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, stylists and more. There are also free pop-up runway events, including at the new MFW hubs at Emporium and QV.
Creative Victoria presents the MFW Conversations program, taking place this year at the Wesley Place Business Hub on Wednesday October 25. Hosted by renowned fashion editor Janice Breen Burns, the series brings together industry experts to unpack topics including circular fashion, tech careers in fashion, and industry innovation.
Also returning this year is the Student Collections Runway, with the MFW Student Award announced on Friday October 27, plus an alumni exhibition at the QV Melbourne Hub. And don’t forget the Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out, offering in-store experiences, exclusive discounts, entertainment, giveaways and more from October 26 to 29.
Melbourne Fashion Week runs from October 23 to 29. Tickets are on sale now. Browse the full program and book tickets.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with the City of Melbourne.