The Melbourne Fashion Week program has been released!
I have picked out a few of my favourite runways and events that feature ethical designers or talk about positive change in the world of fashion.

(note: I have only listed the Ethical Clothing Accredited brands/brands that I know are sustainable)

Opening Town Hall Runway – Featuring Bianca Spender, Carla Zampatti and Viktoria & Woods

Town Hall Runway Two – Featuring Arnsdorf, Bianca Spender and Viktoria & Woods.

Town Hall Runway Three – Featuring Carla Zampatti

Town Hall Runway Four – Student Collections – although this runway doesn’t feature any “brands” – we need to support our upcoming students. they are the future of sustainable fashion

Underground Runway One – Featuring Kuwaii, Lois Hazel


Wear For Success – Wear for Success is an organisation that helps support men and women who face barriers when it comes to employment, self-sufficiency and financial independence. Wear for Sucess are looking for donations of work suitable clothing to keep their no-profit organisation running. You can drop off your donations and find out more from the Wear for Sucess ambassadors at the Clothes Check locations.

Where Do My Clothes Come From? – “Just a small change in the way you produce clothing or manage your business can have a great impact on the industry. Hear from designers, retailers and industry bodies and movements on how the industry and consumer approach to ethical and sustainable fashion is changing and what you can do to get involved”

Shopping For Change – “In 2018, you can shop for change and track the impact of your purchase. Learn about the movement of brands giving back to empower women and girls from i=Change founder, Jeremy Meltzer. Retail representatives and funding recipients will also share their stories. i=Change is Australia’s fastest growing social enterprise tech start-up. They’re making it simple for online retailers to give back with 100 per cent transparency and receive the marketing benefits of turning every purchase into a memorable customer experience.”

Re-Fashion – “Are you interested in being a more sustainable consumer? Aimed to inspire and educate about sustainable design concepts, this workshop explores turning ‘old’ into ‘new’, ‘waste’ into ‘want’. This workshop will discuss design sustainability concepts such as zero waste, upcycling, re-cycling and mending.  All participants can then get creative to upcycle or recycle an accessory, homeware item or simple garment from leftover items provided.”

Runway Deconstructed – “Find out what is really involved in producing a runway show at this exhibition by The Masters Institute of Creative Education. View never seen before photos and videos that demonstrate the energy that goes into showcasing the latest looks. See how makeup and hair mood boards are translated into flay lay sketches and ultimately applied, and delve into the crazy fabulous world that is backstage.”

Natural Dye Conference – “A two-day event for industry on the creation and use of Australian botanical colour in textiles. The Natural Dye Conference brings the textile industry together to connect with natural dye services and expertise. Hear from professionals in farming, processing, manufacturing and natural dyes research. Explore the opportunities that botanical dyes present for local products.”

The Colour of Eucalyptus – “What is the colour palette of a place? Artist Sally Blake explores the potential of eucalyptus to colour cloth in this exhibition. Sally’s work is the culmination of research into the colour produced from over 200 species of eucalyptus at the Australian Botanic Gardens and will be on display at Kuwaii’s city store for all to enjoy. This exhibition is bought to you by The Festival of Natural Dyes, a program of events in and around Melbourne for ethical, curious and botanical minds looking to explore the potential of local colour.”

AFC Curated Store – “Find a curated collection of Australia’s independent fashion labels under the one roof at MFW. This is a unique program from the Australian Fashion Council (AFC) built to support our local labels through direct industry mentoring, a series of business development workshops and exciting retail activations.
A.BCH, Allora, Autark, Avila, Gehrich, Gloria Dulcie, Guerrilla Theatre Brand, Harlow, IVY NIU, Jude, Kholo, MAUDE Studio, Millicent Elizabeth, MNDATORY, Natalija, Oneiric, Rbcca kstr, Remuse Designs, Salty Fox, Scott Benedictine and Vincent Li.”

RMIT Student Designer Showcase – “Featuring the work of third-year students from RMIT University’s Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) program, this showcase in partnership with Melbourne Central, will explore and respond to various material techniques, methods and approaches through a range of interactive making sessions, performance and fashion film.”
Culture Through Craft – “Enrich your knowledge on diverse handicraft practice through this unique collaboration between Holmesglen Institute and local artisans. Led by jewellery designer Angela Clark, talented crafters from the Handmaker’s Factory and Sisterwork’s dynamic entrepreneurs, you can design and create your own weaving, embroidery, beading work and textile embellishment samples under their expert guidance. Observe traditional methods and authentic handicraft practice from across the globe.”
We Margiela – “An Australian premiere, exclusive to ACMI for MFW as part of the Fashion on Film series. For the first time, co-founder Jenny Meirens and the members of the creative team that stood at the heart of the house talk extensively about the creative processes and unique philosophies of the Maison Martin Margiela. The film investigates the legacy of Margiela and its relevance for fashion and authorship today. The house was run based on strong gut-feelings and a deep commitment to taking creative risks.”

The Fashion Capsules – “Presented by Creative Victoria, The Fashion Capsules allows you to discover a series of six exhibition capsules scattered across the city. Each capsule houses innovative creations by Victorian-based fashion installation, digital and video artists, designers, jewellers, artisans and filmmakers.”

Through The Looking Glass – “This project presented by Collarts City Campus reflects how our fashion choices, our living environments and our digital personas come together to express our ideas of style and identity in the 21st Century. It draws together creative skills of fashion marketing, interior design and content creation students to produce unique fashionable figures that inhabit stylish settings.”

Dreams Echoing The Memories of Time – “A powerful and moving installation that will take you on a journey through the veils of time, evoking memories of past, present and future by artfully merging photography, fashion, floristry and theatre in a breathtaking experience.”

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