MSFW 2016 | Industry Program

MSFW 2016 | Industry Program

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) 2016 is almost here, and this year’s Industry program is looking particularly excellent. Presented by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the program includes an immersive exhibition in Melbourne Town Hall and panel discussions with some very impressive speakers.

Running for the duration of MSFW, from 26 August until 2 September, the Creative Collective Exhibition showcases Melbourne’s innovative, diverse and inspiring independent designers, artists and retailers. Designed by Moth Design and styled by Virginia Dowzer, the free exhibition is a homage to the city’s celebrated underground fashion scene and features the likes of cult labels DI$COUNT UNIVER$E and Nixi Killick.

IMAGE |  Physical,  Photography by Honey Long & Prue Stent | MSFW 2016 Creative Collective Exhibition

IMAGE | Physical, Photography by Honey Long & Prue Stent | MSFW 2016 Creative Collective Exhibition

At Design Your Business hear from Karen Webster (Whitehouse Institute of Design), Dom Bagnato (Dom Bagnato), Christo Hall (Basic Bananas), as well as representatives from NAB, Sladen Legal and City of Melbourne as they explore all of the necessary tools to build a successful business.

For those wanting to bring a runway show to life, Introduction to Runway Production covers all of the important steps, including set design, AV production, model selection, guest list management and more. Alida Milani (AMME), James Nicholson (KEVIN.MURPHY), Virginia Dowzer (Stylist) and Tony Baumann (MECCA) will be there to give you all their insider tips.


At The Power of Digital Communication find out how clever digital content can help you stand out from the crowd. Speakers include Alice Mentiplay (Sensis), Corinna Maloney (Nova Entertainment), Matt Hurle (Tribe Group), Paul Bonnici (Create Communicate 2C), and Heidi Dyt and Chantel Scarr (La Marque de mode).

Influencer and Brand Collaboration looks at how businesses and designers can team up with bloggers and social media stars to gain a wider following. Hear from Kim Westwood (, Alyce Tran (The Daily Edited) and Julia Stevanja (Stylerunner) as their share their insights.

Discover how to develop ethical business practices at Fashion forward – Sustainable and Ethical Design. Grace Dlabik, Managing Director of GiDi CREATIVE will facilitate the session, which also includes Sigrid McCarthy (Ethical Clothing Australia), Courtney Sanders (Well Made Clothes), Amy Roberts (Vege Threads) and Melinda Tually (Fashion Revolution) as panellists.


Technology for Fashion closes the series, and features Dave Giles-Kaye (The Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia), Kate Geck (Designer and 3D printing expert) and Karen Webster as speakers. The talk will explore some of the new technologies transforming the industry, and is a not to miss for designers and businesses owners.

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2016 runs from 26 August through to 2 September.

The Industry workshops and seminars are $15 and can be purchased online.

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