The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) returns for ten days in March with 150 events – a mix of fashion-forward runway shows, exhibitions, workshops and entertainment across the city.
For its 24th year VAMFF will showcase the best of contemporary Australian and international fashion design on the Royal Exhibition Building runway, assess the state of the industry and inspire the next generation of fashion visionaries. This year’s theme is Fashion’s Wonderland, which is about challenging stereotypes and championing individuality.
There’ll be runways by more than 60 designers, including returning favourites Camilla and Marc, Scanlan Theodore, Romance Was Born and Rachel Gilbert. Plus, Paolo Sebastian, Sir the Label and Nagnata will make their debut.
The second annual Australian Fashion Summit will address the evolution of fashion, headlined by InStyle USA editor-in-chief Laura Brown and comedian Celeste Barber, whose impromptu bushfire fundraiser raised more than $50 million for the relief effort. Barber will also make her runway debut at the festival.
There’ll also be a free session on Indigenous storytelling through fashion at MPavilion; a runway centred on garment afterlife (with a world-first biodegradable stretch fabric) by A.BCH; and a workshop where you can make a belt bag from a Japanese kimono.
Other highlights include a digital platform, Shop the Runway, which will allow you buy the season’s styles straight from the runway; Nocturnal, a late-night musical collaboration between VAMFF and Melbourne Museum, headlined by electro-pop powerhouse Banoffee; and Style Swap, a boozy pre-loved clothing swap.
In the name of accessibility, there’ll be wheelchair access at all hub venues, Auslan interpretation, and audio-description services at select runways for those with vision impairments.