Melbourne Fashion Festival

The famous Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) is back this year from March 1 – 19 and, while the runways take place at the Melbourne Museum, there’s a whole range of events you can attend around the CBD too!

Well Made Clothes and Ethical Clothing Australia have partnered up to present A Good Evening: How Fashion Can Empower Women. Join fashion experts such as author and renowned fashion journalist, Clare Press, Ethical Clothing Australia media and communications co-ordinator, Sigrid McCarthy, designer and owner of Kuwaii, Kristy Barber and co-founder of Freeset, Jeff Ward, for a discussion on how fashion can empower women.

All attendees receive a free, limited edition tote bag designed by artist Caroline Walls. Cocktails and finger food will also be available and all profits will be donated to Freeset, a fashion production company, which employs victims of Kolkata’s sex slavery industry. Thursday, March 2, 7 – 9pm. Sunmoth, 28 Niagara Lane. Tickets from $50.

Sit back, relax, grab a drink and enjoy the best Australian and International fashion films as judged by the VAMFF judges at the Fashion Film Popcorn Screening. The category winners of the Australian Fashion Film Awards will also be on show, and popcorn is free too.
Thursday, March 2, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Federation Square. Free.

Presented by The Social Studio (TSS), Soxhibition displays the woven sock works of established Victorian artists and TSS. Artists such as Alice Oehr, Amanda May and Jacob Coppedge utilised a range of mediums to create their pieces. Melbourne-based sock company Soxy Beast will also have its designs on show.
Tuesday March 7, 5pm – 7pm. Fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane. Free.

Visual storyteller Pam Davison has collaborated with couture designer Linda Britten to bring you Memories Are The Fabric Of A Family, a “full sensory experience” of photography, classical music and voice, ballet and a couture design. Beginning with an eight-year-old girl seeing her mother in a yellow gown, the installation explores the themes of memory and family.
Friday, March 10, 6.30pm – 9pm. Fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane. Free.

Celebrate our city’s multiculturalism with A Stitch In Time, A Place Of Mine, a show that uses city soundscapes and light manipulation to tell the story of our international students. Created by the Victorian Government’s Study Melbourne initiative and leading Victorian creative institutions.
Wednesday, March 15, 6pm – late, Queen Victoria Market. Free.

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