Vivid Sydney 2018: A Fashionable Perspective
- BY: SARAH SWIFT
- May. 21, 2018
Vivid Sydney - an annual celebration of light, music and ideas - kicks off this Friday, May 25. And while we all know where to find the most ‘grammable landmarks (Opera House, anyone?), we’ve taken a closer look at the calendar and curated an edit of events and installations no self-respecting fashionphile should miss…
What: CURVY Creative Women’s Conference
When: Saturday, 9 June
Passionate about a creative career but not sure where to start? This one-of-a-kind program presents a group of innovative, creative women leading a day of discussions and workshops, covering everything from networking and mentorship, practical tools and tricks to take your career to the next level, how to manage the commercial side of your creative career, and speakers sharing their boundary-breaking stories, ideas and insights.
What: Extra Silky: Market by Day, Party by Night
When: Sunday, 10 June
For those who want to get their shop on, look no further than Extra Silky. This innovative hair salon/Instagram how-to hybrid is all about hair and makeup as a platform for fun and self-expression, and is set to blur the lines between hair, art, music and fashion in this unique marketplace format. Get in early to browse an edit including apparel, jewellery and plants, and kick on with a roster of local acts including Melbourne’s Moopie.
What: Future Forward
When: Wednesday, 13 June
Commerce, fashion and technology are set to collide in this one-night-only panel discussion, held as part of the Vivid Ideas Exchange. Some of the most innovative names in fashion will assemble on stage to explore everything from the growing role of tech in the fashion industry, the future of social media within the industry, stories from those who’ve broken boundaries and how you can take your own career or fashion business to the next level.
Panelists include Eva Chen (Head of Fashion Partnerships, Instagram and Facebook), Amanda Shadforth (Oracle Fox), Angela Hangman (General Manager, Amazon Fashion, Australia) and Ainsley Hutchence (Creative Director, Sticks and Stones Agency), and will be moderated by Jess Blanch (Editor in Chief, Russh Magazine). With a lineup this impressive, we’re betting this will be the most covetable event of the festival.
What: Future Fashion
When: Saturday, 16 June
With the devastating economical and environmental impacts of fast fashion becoming increasingly known, more young creatives and designers are pushing for a more sustainable future. This is a unique opportunity to join the conversation about how we, as consumers, can contribute to a better fashion future. You’ll hear from individuals and organisations that seek to disrupt the fast fashion cycle, including Clare Press (author of The Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion), social enterprise The Possibility Project and Chalk Re-Design.
What: SARTorial: Fashion, Art and Technology
When: Saturday, 16 June
Finish the festival in style with an innovative gallery of future-focused fashion prototypes, overlooking the harbour from the rooftop of the Museum of Contemporary Art. You’ll discover innovative, boundary-pushing fashion blueprints that respond to touch, sound and proximity, along with augmented and virtual realities, facial recognition and 3D printed garments that redefine the present parameters of the industry.
What: Electroluminescent Cross-Stitch
When: 25 May - 16 June
At once nostalgic and contemporary, this installation explores the parallels between traditional cross-stitch embroidery and computer images, both brought to life through a series of coloured squares on a grid. Australian artist Kirsten Baade utilises electroluminescent wire - a wire that imparts a neon-like glow - sewn onto an aluminium panel to create an innovative installation that reimagines the embroidered patterns of yesteryear in a whole new light. Literally.
All images via www.vividsydney.com