The Royal Botanic Runway is Melbourne’s newest fashion event. The specialist event-planning company Event Gallery, led by Geraldine Frater-Wyeth, has enlisted Australian fashion big guns Martin Grant, Colette Dinnigan, Akira Isogawa and Aurelio Costarella for a special one-night-only runway show at the city’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Proceeds from the event will go toward completing the final stage of the Water Strategy Project, which will keep the iconic gardens drought proof.
Grant and Dinnigan are showing their latest spring/summer 2014 collections (northern hemisphere). This will also be Dinnigan’s swan song; the celebrated designer recently announced that she will be closing shop, and the Royal Botanic Runway will be her final presentation.
The Japanese-born, Australian-based Isogowa has opened up his archives for the event, giving audiences a rare peak at pieces dating back to his debut 2000 collection. Perth-based designer Costarella has made one-off pieces specifically for the occasion. It is quite the coup to get all four high-profile designers involved, but each say they were excited to be part of an event which would ensure that the gardens are here for generations to come.
The show will take place at Guilfoyle’s Volcano – a spectacular water catchment, which was built in 1878 and sits at the highest point of the gardens. More than 60 local and international models will fly in for the show, which will also be screened live at Federation Square. Tickets come in four tiers: those who want to kick on afterwards can opt for the Moonlight Cinema package, which includes a fashion film following the show; while premium tickets holders will be treated to an after party and dinner by Shannon Bennett in the gardens.
Royal Botanic Runway
Royal Botanic Gardens
Thursday 30 January
4pm for a 5.30pm start