The Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) have just opened their SCCI Fashion Hub.

The hub runs until April 21, and offers a program of events exploring fashion within contemporary art and culture.

The SCCI was created by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, a not-for-profit enterprise. The hub aims to facilitate sophisticated and intellectual talks, performances, workshops and films to promote public engagement with creative industries. The centre’s founder, cultural philanthropist Dr Gene Sherman AM, has already planned a similar hub on architecture in October this year.

This is a big-name event series. Dr Emmanuel Coquery, the director of exhibitions of the Grand Palais in Paris, and former director of heritage for CHANEL, made the keynote address at MAAS on April 5. If you missed out on the hub’s opening, Sherman has invited the public to the closing party held at the SCCI on April 21 from 5pm to 7pm.

Talks about ethical fashion from Bandana Tewari, editor of Vogue India, and Akira Minagawa (Mina Perhonen) are already sold out. Likewise, there are no more tickets available for both ‘Fashion Film’ and a discussion between Japanese fashion collector Dr Gene Sherman, Octavius La Rosa (Dot Comme), and Sebastian Suppel (Aoyama Archive) about Japanese clothing aesthetic for males.

Many of the conversations held in this year’s fashion hub program will be divided into sessions across several hours, and they’re in high demand. Snap up the places left at the following events.

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Ethical Fashion
There will be talks about sustainable fashion from Clare Press, sustainability editor-at-large at Vogue Australia, and Australian fashion designer Bianca Spender. Paul Castro (AMASSMENT) and about ethical design methods and fashion’s war on waste. Tickets to mornings sessions are extremely limited.

Ethical Fashion talks will be held at the SCCI on April 8 from 10am to 6pm.

The Art of Fashion
This is a series of talks by artists and designers about their own works and creative processes. Freelance curator Alison Kubler joins artists Kate Scardifield and Mella Jaarsma to discuss the origin and purpose of fashion. Fashion will be explored as art, an expression of identity and form of decoration. You’ll have the chance to listen to other designers talk about their careers and techniques in conversation with Kubler: Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett (founders of Romance Was Born) and designer and 2017 Young Australian of the Year Paul Vasileff.

The Art of Fashion talks will be held at the SCCI on April 11 from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.

Fashion Business Futures
Led by Vogue Australia editor Edwina McCann and fashion editor of The Australian Glynis Traill-Nash, there will be discussions about culture, symbols, postmodernism, advertising, brand enhancement and the influence of social and digital platforms on fashion. Hear designers talk about their progression and their predictions for changes to the fashion landscape. Karen Walker will be in conversation with Julie Ann Morrison; there will be a panel including Gail Sorronda and Kacey Devlin discussing the challenges and opportunities of independent design; and Dave Whittle will be conversing with Traill-Nash about consumerism and technology.

The Fashion Business Futures talks will be held at the SCCI on April 12 from 6.30pm to 9.50pm.

Women in Shadow
The fashion of Nasim Nasr draws on her experience of concealing herself in the chador (a large piece of cloth worn by Muslim women) and her perception of fashion as a female Iranian living in Australia. She will be using a space at the MAAS to display multiple forms of media including video, sound, light and contemporary dance. Models will be exhibiting Nasr’s works, which combine Eastern and Western ideas of female dress.

Women in Shadow will be held on April 9 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at MAAS.

The SCCI Fashion Hub is now open and runs until April 21. Various events at the hub will be held across three venues: the SCCI in Paddington, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) and Chauvel Cinema.

More details about the full program can be found here.

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