VAMFF is back for two big weeks this month. From March 1 to 18 fashion fans can catch a plethora of runway shows, exhibitions and talks across the city. To help with a jam-packed program featuring Australian designers, dogs on the runway, a clothing exchange, and a denim factory tour, here are the events you won’t want to miss.
Check out this season’s runway collections from Australian designers like Acler, Bec + Bridge, LifewithBird, Morrison, Hansen & Gretel and C/MEO COLLECTIVE. Ticket holders will score a Priceline giftbag filled with $150 worth of products – that’s a decent haul for your ticket price. Some runway shows have already sold out so get in quick. Tickets from $59.
Tuesday March 6 and 7.
Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
National Graduate Showcase
See Australia’s future fashion talent up close at the annual graduate showcase, featuring aspiring designers from around the country. This year’s runway is dominated by graduates from Melbourne’s RMIT, as well Sydney’s University of Technology and Whitehouse Institute of Design. Tickets from $59.
Friday March 9, 7:30pm
Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
Recycled Designer Runway
Vintage apparel lovers will want to head along to this instore fashion show at South Melbourne’s Red Cross. The charity will be showcasing second hand designer items and offering discounts to attendees on the night. All proceeds raised go to Red Cross Australia. Free event.
Thursday March 15, 6pm
Red Cross Shop, South Melbourne
Global Indigenous Runway
Featuring Indigenous models and designers from Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Canada, this show is a celebration of history, environment and culture. Tickets from $30.
Friday March 9, 8pm
Melbourne Museum Main Foyer, Carlton
Polished pups will steal the spotlight in this showcase, featuring both two legged designs for owners and specially made dog coats from Australian names like Camilla, Romance Was Born, Elk, Bul and Manning Cartell. Students from Melbourne’s Kangan Institute will curate the opening and closing shows, presenting pieces from past and present classmates. The custom-made dog coats will be auctioned off at the end of the night with proceeds going to Guide Dogs Australia.
Sunday March 18, 5pm and 7pm
The Ballroom at Park Hyatt, East Melbourne
Coffee lovers can drop into the sleek CBD café for a free ST. ALi coffee with any food purchase.
Grab a glass of prosecco alongside kingfish crudo, celery and green olives at Andrew McConnell’s CBD wine bar for just $16 a head.
Milk the Cow
Try four cheeses from the world's fashion capitals in ‘Flight of Fashion’, curated by expert cheesemongers and paired with boutique wines.
IDEAS and TALKS
Fashion on Film Documentaries
Explore fashion at ACMI with documentaries on the life of Manolo Blahnik and the sketches of Yves Saint Laurent, as well as a panel discussion on the renaissance of fashion illustrators. Tickets from $12.
March 1–15, various sessions
ACMI, Federation Square
Dressing Dempsey’s People
Fashion Historian Hilary Davidson gives a lecture on the work of 19th century English artist John Dempsey. Frequently depicting citizens from Britain’s lower classes, Dempsey’s watercolour paintings give an insight into the everyday fashions of the period away from the fine tailoring of Savile Row. Dempsey’s work is a snapshot of the everyday clothing clothing that didn’t make it to museums. Tickets $20.
Thursday March 15, 10am
The Johnston Collection, East Melbourne
Women in Media
Get inspired at this International Women’s Day talk featuring high profile, boundary pushing women in Australian media. Hosted by Glynis Traill-Nash, fashion editor at The Australian, the line up of speakers includes Kellie Hush (Harper’s Bazaar), Jackie Frank (Pacific Magazines), Alison Rice (Allure Media), Melissa Hoyer (Vogue Online, GQ) and Ita Buttrose (Cleo founder). Tickets from $89.
Thursday March 8, 5pm
Long Room, Immigration Museum
International Law Firm K&L Gates are hosting an information session for fashion businesses. Three guest speakers will be at the free event to offer tips on building a successful business. Must RSVP to attend.
Wednesday March 7, 7.30am
K&L Gates, Rialto Towers
Sustainability in Design
This panel discussion will host designers across a range of industries, from fashion to furniture. Mediated by Jess Blanch, Editor in Chief at Russh Magazine, the panel will explore how sustainability influences design in their respective industries and their own brand’s ethos. Tickets from $25.
Thursday March 8, 6pm
The Establishment Studios, Prahran
SEE and DO
A Single Man Screening – Fashion on Film
Catch Tom Ford’s Oscar-nominated drama starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore at Cinema Nova. Viewers will be treated to complimentary drinks upon arrival. Tickets start at $14.
Wednesday March 14, 6:30pm
Cinema Nova, Carlton
Global Fashion Exchange
Bring along up to six pieces of pre-loved clothing for this large-scale clothing exchange. Anything seasonally appropriate, clean and fault free is suitable to swap. Spaces are limited so you’ll need to register online. Tickets from $25.
Sunday March 11, 11am
Edinburgh Gardens Community Room, North Fitzroy
Nobody Denim Tour
Nobody Denim’s Fitzroy factory is opening its doors to the public for the first time in 19 years. Hosted by founder John Condilis and wash developer Sarah Fletcher, attendees will get insight into how their jeans are washed, dyed and distressed to perfection. Free event, RSVP required.
Saturday March 11, 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Nobody Denim, Fitzroy
This pop-up studio residency offers an insight into the process of design from conception to retail floor. You can watch local designers from Scott Benedictine, Mndatory and A.BCH in action as they cut, stitch and produce their clothing. Free.
Wednesday February 21 to Sunday April 15
Level 1, St Collins Lane
Priscilla Queen of the Dessert Costume Exhibit
See Tim Chappel’s Academy Award winning costumes from legendary Australian film Priscilla Queen of the Dessert in all their bright, flamboyant glory. Free entry.
Thursday March 1 to Sunday March 18, 10am–6pm
Level 1, St Collins Lane
You Can’t Do That
This exhibit at the Melbourne Museum celebrates the rebels of Australian fashion. Garment displays and stories from designers like Prue Acton, Stella Dare, Jenny Bannister and Christopher Graf show us that sometimes it pays to be stubborn. Tickets $10.
Friday March 2 to Sunday March 18, 10am–5pm
Melbourne Museum, Carlton