Member Spotlight | The Dress Collective
Ever tried to shop Australian made fashion online? Or, sought an e-commerce platform for your brand amongst other local designers? Meet The Dress Collective, home to 100% Australian made fashion, and the newest member addition here at the Council of Textile & Fashion.
Founded by Claire Goldsworthy, what sets The Dress Collective apart from other online stores is the focus on supporting the local community of Australian designers and makers and the sharing of their stories. The collective values the 'slow fashion' ethos, promoting transparency, ethical practice and quality over quantity. See for yourself!
Based in Melbourne, The Dress Collective is the largest online store that sells only 100 per cent Australian made fashion. We're transparent about the garment lifecycle, which is why you'll find each designer's story attached to every single garment we sell. Where and how our clothes are designed and made is important information, and we want to share it with you.
Our ethos is simple: to create a liberal and dynamic future for Australian fashion. By promoting ‘slow fashion’, Australian made fashion, and ethically and sustainably created fashion, we’re ensuring a future for our own industries. We want to create a market that our Australian fashion designers can thrive in, instead of struggle in.
We're more than just an online shop for Australian designers though; we're a support network and creative foundation, built on a vision of positive and sustainable growth for the future of the Australian fashion industry. We’re not solely focused on 'trends' or seasonal collections, because it can sometimes create the ideal of ‘past season’ or ‘out of fashion’. Instead, we’d rather help you make long-term decisions about your wardrobe by introducing you to high quality, trans-seasonal and unique pieces of clothing.
The Dress Collective's range of fashion designers and independent labels embody the Australian fashion identity, an identity that is innovative and unique. We believe in quality over quantity, so all of our designers ethically produce their collections locally in Australia with accredited manufacturers. You can read about each designer, their ethos and how they create their pieces here.
67.5 million tons of clothing is made and released into the world every single year, and Australia’s contribution to the world’s 'fast fashion' problem is sending over $500m worth of clothing to the tip annually. To combat this environmental issue, The Dress Collective promotes 'slow fashion', so you can shop online with a clear conscience knowing that you're making a difference. Our Australian fashion labels produce small run collections or 'make to order', which means they are actively reducing production waste and fashion pollution.
To read more about each one of our unique Australian fashion labels, click here, or if you're a designer and would like to know more about joining The Dress Collective fashion family, click here.
" As glamorous as the fashion industry is, the beginning of every fashion brand is everything but.
With increasing competition from international labels, readily available cheap fast fashion and constantly changing trends, the task of sustaining an Australian made label is a tough game – but it’s worth it. 168 million children are forced into labour exploitation worldwide, and millions work for wages so low that they’ll never escape poverty.
I want to live in a world where locally made, ethically manufactured and sustainably sourced clothes are ‘normal’ instead of niche, so I launched The Dress Collective in 2015 as the first step towards this goal. When you shop online at The Dress Collective, you’re not just supporting the local fashion industry – you’re contributing to a better fashion future on a global scale. Making conscious fashion choices is easy: buy less, choose well and shop local. Every garment counts."
See more from Claire and her side project The Fashion Advocate HERE >>
We are thrilled to welcome The Dress Collective to The Council of Textile and Fashion and look forward to seeing the platform and all the amazing featured designers continue to grow and support our local industry.
Do yourself a favour and explore The Dress Collective - you won't be disappointed!