10 – 16 October
The Melbourne Fashion Week program is out and its theme for 2022 is Everyone to the Front, encouraging all of us to come together and celebrate with fashion.
Featuring local independent, emerging and well-established labels, there are over 100 runways showcasing throughout the city. Sustainability is at the forefront and the whole event will be carbon-neutral certified. $1 from each ticket sale will go towards carbon offset with the Climate Active Program.
On top of that, this year M/FW is also celebrating the unique culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, along with the many cultures that make up Melbourne’s cosmopolitan city.
While previous Fashion Weeks were criticised for their lack of diversity in relation to both model choices and events, this time the organisers have stepped up their diversity game with the inclusion of Pride runways, pop-ups and a model search.
Diversity at M/FW
Ngali Miya Runway
This exciting runway features women’s fashion label Ngali, winner of the National Indigenous Fashion Award two years running. Promising a celebration of its collaboration with First Nations artists, screen printed silks and classic cut basics will walk the runway. It’s a sold out event.
Modest Fashion Runway
Discover local designers who are at the forefront of Melbourne’s modest fashion scene. Showcasing Amaal Label, BULLÉ, its by alma, Nasiba Fashion, Sakena The Label, The Social Studio plus many more rising designers. See them all at Meat Market on Friday 14 October, 7-8.30pm. Tickets
ganbu marra runway
Celebrating a wealth of First Nation’s creativity and design from around the county, this runway will start with a traditional Welcome to Country and special performances. Showcasing on the runway will be Amber Days, Gammin Threads, Kirrikin, Native Swimwear Australia, Nungala Creative, Paul Mc Cann, Take Pride Movement and Yanggurdi, plus a whole lot more, this is one runway you cannot miss. There’ll be two sessions on October 15 at Meat Market, 3 Blackwood St North Melbourne: 6.30-7pm & 9-9.30pm. Tickets
Mo Libre by Erik Yvon and Collaborators
Joyful LGBTQIA+ stories come to life in this large-scale City Square installation by gender neutral designer Erik Yvon. Celebrating all genders and identities this artwork has been created by an entire community. You’ll find it at City Square, from October 10-16 12noon-2am every day. Once you’ve absorbed the fulness of this amazing textile composition, head over to Federation Square to see the latest Erik-Yvon collection on the big screen.
Pop Up 1 – Trading Blak
This is the perfect start to the pop-up series of runways that’ll be in and around city streets. Trading Black is a 100% Aboriginal-owned organisation that provides a supportive space for Blak Businesses. Talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers featured, include Gillawarra Arts, Jarin Street, Lillardia Briggs-Houston, Nungala Creative, and Take Pride Movement. At Federation Square on 11 October. Sessions will start and 1pm and 2pm.
Sustainable Events at M/FW
The conversations start from 8.30 am to 12 pm at Federation Square with Leila Naja Hibri (CEO, Australian Fashion Council), Dewi Cooke (CEO, The Social Studio), Ashlynne McGhee (Reporter, ABC) and Margie Woods (Creative Director and Founder, Viktoria & Woods). They’ll be diving into the big topics affecting fashion today: sustainability, transparency and local manufacturing. This is one not to be missed for those who want an insider’s view of the transition to sustainable fashion.
The fashion capsules are a series of exhibitions with each one celebrating unique Melbourne fashion stories. From the history of hats, to upcycled garments by students to slow fashion designers, there is sure to be something here that will take your fancy. The capsules themselves will be scattered throughout the CBD and are a novel way to catch up on M/FW if you don’t have time for a runway.
While this installation won’t wash your dirty clothes for you, it will give you an insight into the ethical issues challenging the industry. Giant washing machines extending across 20 metres of the windows of RMIT’s Building 94 will highlight the sustainability issues that concern us all. Catch it at 23-27 Cardigan St, 10-16 October, 9am-9pm every day.
Vault Upcycle Initiative
Ready for a runway of beautiful upcycled pieces? Then this is the one for you! Vault Block Arcade stocks hundreds of garments of the National Trusts’ collection of pre-loved vintage outfits and accessories. Now they’ll be showcasing them with one little twist. Melbourne fashion designers have carefully upcycled selected pre-loved garments from the collection into new, wearable pieces. A free lunchtime runway, it’s on Friday, 14 October at 12.30 – 1pm.
Baaby x A Sustainable Fashion Journey
Sustainable fashion can be confusing, as conversation host and Melbourne-based label Baaby, knows all too well. Join Jenna Flood (Ironic Minimalist), Lucianne Tonti (Sundressed Author), Dewi Cooke (The Social Studio), Amelia Mercoulia (Baaby Founder) and Kate Luckins (The Clothing Exchange, Sustainable Lifestyle) for an honest conversation about sustainability and the ethics of fashion that will help you on your sustainable fashion journey. Including a runway of Baaby’s next collection and an art installation, bubbles and vegan canapes, it’s on at 500 Collins St, Thursday 13 October, 5.30-7.30pm. Tickets are $10 with 50% proceeds going to Healthy Seas charity.
Circular Future – A Talk and Pop-Up by A.BCH
Circular Fashion champion Courtney Holm of A.BCH will be sharing her vast knowledge and experience of the circular economy. Learn how we can change our thinking for a better fashion world. After the chat, enjoy some light drinks and nibbles while browsing A.BCH’s collection of upcycled garments. If that weren’t enough, you’ll be able to redeem your $20 ticket cost at the pop-up store! Tickets
See the full program.
Author: Jenna Flood, The Ironic Minimalist