The VAMFF Events For The Fashion Conscious
- BY: SARA PULL
- Mar. 7, 2018
Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival or VAMFF as we know it is well and truly in motion, if a runway show is not particular of interest to you or you want to get a well rounded experience of VAMFF there are some amazing initiatives you can get behind hosting conscious fashion events during this years festival.
FUTURE CHAOS X FUTURE WIDE
Tuesday 1st March – Tuesday 13th March | Free Event
With a focus on slow fashion, local fair trade and ethically manufacturing in Melbourne, Coco and Max are holding a multidisciplinary exhibition at the Brunswick Street Gallery. Their limited edition collections are a fusion of art and fashion with the exhibition a fusion of the brands co-existing light and dark characters; Coco as a representation of womenswear and Max of menswear combined with a surreal pop x brutalist futurism element.
MARIMEKKO: DESIGN ICON 1951 – 2018
Saturday 3rd March – Sunday 18th March | Tickets
An exhibition of Finnish textile and fashion company Marimekko known for their bold screen prints, pop-art graphics and unconventional ready-to-wear pieces. With more than 60 outfits, swathes of original fabrics, homewares, sketches and other archival materials from the 1950’s to the present. the exhibition focuses on the work of the talented individuals who defined this local textile practice and created its internationally recognisable designs and aesthetic.
GLOBAL FASHION EXCHANGE – SWAP
Sunday 11th March | Tickets
Global Fashion Exchange and partners with The Clothing Exchange and Fashion Revolution are bringing the most exciting ethical fashion event for VAMFF 2018. Consumers are encouraged to bring up to six new or gently used pieces from their wardrobes to exchange with other registered attendees. There are limited places available and registration online is a must to avoid missing out.
“At The Clothing Exchange, we believe that looking good shouldn’t ‘cost’ the earth – yet current manufacturing and fashion industry practices are responsible for a vast amount of damage to the environment and to the lives of clothing industry workers.” – Kate Luckins, founder of The Clothing Exchange
RIBBON CRAFTS + BATIK WORKSHOPS
Tueday 13th March | Free Event
Not for profit group Kontiki Cultural Women Empowerment are holding DIY Ribbon Flower workshops using unique Beads/grosgrain and Batik Ink tie-dye, allowing you to experience the process of creating hand-made accessories. From the Sierra Leone African and non-African communities, the volunteer group are building on the capacity of women of all ages from refugee and migrant backgrounds to become self-sufficient and self-sustained.
THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY IS IN FASHION
Thursday 15th March | Tickets
An evening of creative fashion activism with The Possibility Project, Chalk ReDesign and WalkSewGood engage you in ways to passionately reimagine the linear system of the fashion industry to take, make and dispose. There is a growing consciousness that neither wants to buy or make fashion that comes with such catastrophic environmental and human waste, join this circle to discuss alternatives and how we can re-design the future of the industry.
NOBODY DENIM LAUNDRY TOUR
Saturday 17th March | Free Event | RSVP
A brand that believes fashion innovation and ethics go hand in hand, for the first-time in its 19-year history Nobody Denim are opening the doors to their produced from start to finish. Founder John Condilis and wash developer Sara Fletcher will host the intimate tours in Nobody Denim’s family built Denim Laundry, the home of its innovation, action and experimentation.
MIRKA MORA X GORMAN
Sunday 18th March | Tickets
In 2016 the Mirka Mora X Gorman collection was launched, a collection evident of her contribution to Australian contemporary art. In celebration of Mirka’s 90th birthday join fashion designer Lisa Gorman at the Heide Museum of Modern Art for a a conversation of reflection on her collaboration with one of Australia’s best loved artists.