The week we have been waiting for, Melbourne Fashion Week 2017 (MFW) is here! The reason I am so excited this year is due to the abundance of events dedicated to ethical fashion and Australian production.
Be the first to see Spring & Summer '17 looks from the country's leading labels from 1 - 8 September 2017, get your calendars open and pen these events and dates in:
C T F C U R A T E D
Friday 1 September 17:00-22:00
Shop a unique, curated selection of emerging Australian labels at this exciting quarterly showcase brought to you by the Council of Textile & Fashion.
Support local. Meet the people behind the labels. Connect to the skill and care behind the garment. Find a new favourite label crush and buy yourself something you’ll treasure.
Featuring Post Sole Studio, Maude Studio, Natalija, Collective Closets, Citizen Wolf and Hew.
G A R A G E R U N W A Y
Sunday 3 September 18:00-18:30
Set outdoors in a concealed carpark, MFW’s Garage Runway showcases new season looks from some of the city’s most exciting talent. Known for their fresh perspectives and distinct Melburnian-edge, these independent labels embody the creativity and originality the city is known for.
Stop by the MFW Bar pre- and post-show. Sit back, relax and grab a cocktail while enjoying DJ sets and live performances from some of the city’s rising musicians.
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I N D U S T R Y - S T A T E G I E S F O R G R O W T H
Monday 4 September 14:00 - 18:30
Session one: Melbourne Makers | Local Designers and Managing the Supply Chain
‘The Industry Is dead’… BUT is it really? The local fashion and textile manufacturing landscape has certainly changed, but what we are witnessing is a thriving community of niche, quality makers – from textile and clothing producers, through to emerging designers and major retailers. Panellists will discuss supply chain management in Melbourne; delving into the strengths, capability and skill gaps within the local industry; and opportunities for businesses to adopt better practices.
Facilitator David Giles-Kaye, CEO, Council of Textile and Fashion
» Lois McGruer-Fraser, Founder and Director, Lois Hazel
» Glen Rollason, Co-Founder and Director, Rollason Bowring Design
» Carla Woidt, GM Design Operations and Innovation, Country Road
Session two: Ethics & Sustainability | Challenging the Current Fashion System
Ethics and sustainability are a big focus in the fashion and textiles industry as consumer awareness continues to grow, and our industry becomes more accountable for their business activities. This session will question what accountability looks like in practice. How far down the value chain is far enough and what are the barriers for labels trying to do the right thing?
Facilitator Melinda Tually, Director, Ndless: The New Normal and Co-ordinator for Fashion Revolution (Australia and New Zealand)
» Elizabeth Levinson, Legal Counsel & CSR Manager, Hanes Brands Australasia
» Courtney Holm, Founder, A.BCH » Ethical Clothing Australia representative
E T H I C A L C L O T H I N G S H O W C A S E
Monday 4 September 13:00-13:15 & 15:00 - 15:15
Join MFW for a live fashion showcase on the Melbourne Town Hall forecourt.
MFW teams up with Ethical Clothing Australia to present a showcase of designs by leading ethical fashion labels.
Ethical Clothing Australia is an accreditation body that works collaboratively with local textile, clothing and footwear companies towards a more transparent and accountable garment industry. The voluntary program offers practical assistance to businesses, and ensures that their Australian supply chains are traceable and legally compliant.
D I A L O G U E S I N E T H I C A L F A S H I O N
How can a fashion designer ensure their practice is ethical? This informative and inspiring discussion on ethical and sustainable fashion features presentations from
Keynote Speaker Nick Savaidis, Etiko Founder and Director
Mark Purser, Baptist World Aid Australia
Courtney Holm, A.BCH Founder and Director;
Debbie Pratt, Box Hill Institute Academic Course Manager.
These leading industry figures will present a summary of their findings from the most recent Ethical Fashion report, and local fashion labels will share stories on their ethical design practices.