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FASHFEST 2017 makes its entrance

Beatrice Smith

The models have been cast and the designers selected. Across Canberra, an army of needles work tirelessly, preparing hundreds of outfits for a spot lit catwalk.

Every spring, over three mammoth nights, the city plays host to one of Canberra’s most prestigious events – FASHFEST.

FASHFEST 2016. Image: Martin Ollman

FASHFEST 2016. Image: Martin Ollman

For the uninitiated, FASHFEST is Canberra’s premier fashion event, consisting of six shows across three nights at the National Convention Centre. But it’s more than just a show. Behind the scenes, thousands of Canberrans work together to support our creative community by donating their time and expertise to make the event the best it can possibly be.

Edition at FASHFEST 2016. Image: Samantha Taylor

Edition at FASHFEST 2016. Image: Samantha Taylor

Here’s what you can look forward to in 2017.


This year will see the return of some beloved FASHFEST favourites, a peppering of new faces and some seriously heavy hitters.

Local darlings Assemblage Project, Charly Thorn, Zilpah Tart, Karen Lee, Melanie Child and Naomi Peris Bridal will be joined by favourites from last year’s runway like Braddon Tailors and NOMIKO.

Image: Martin Ollman

Zilpah Tart. Image: Martin Ollman

I was personally delighted to read of the return of Megan Canning Designs, whose floor length creations were some of my favourites from FASHFEST 2016, and I’m also looking forward to seeing the gorgeous frilly bits of Miss Winks make an appearance.

Braddon Tailors. FASHFEST 2016.

Braddon Tailors. FASHFEST 2016.

This year, the renowned threads of New Zealand’s Trelise Cooper will surely be a highlight, as will the curated collection from Momento Dezigns, who will add a touch of international luxe to the catwalk with brands like Alex Perry, Camilla, Ginger & Smart and Bec & Bridge in their arsenal. Also new to the catwalk in 2017 are De Challie Haute Couture, Jackspoon, Magpie Goose, Naudic and more.

Image: Supplied

Assemblage Project. Image: Supplied

On top of all this, CIT’s emerging designers will be taking on the catwalk (many for the first time) in what is always a fascinating display of the next wave of Canberra fashion talent. CIT will showcase two full collections this year. Also emerging is Summer Paradise Seekers, by young Canberran Ashleigh Bujaroski.


FASHFEST isn’t just about clothes. It’s about the overall experience, and nothing sets the scene on the catwalk like the array of performances, DJs and live music we’ve come to expect each year.

Kirklandd. Image: Supplied

Kirklandd. Image: Supplied

This year, FASHFEST favourites Magnifik and Kirklandd will be joined by newcomers Raio del Sol, Soulitude (who have played with the likes of Tina Arena and Jessica Mauboy), Happy Axe, Ned Philpot and more, creating an ever-changing soundscape to reflect the fashion on the runway.


This year, FASHFEST will produce a multi-media extravaganza each night. It’s just another way that FASHFEST showcases the breadth of local talent and ingenuity here in Canberra.


FASHFEST takes place over three enormous nights, with two shows per night.

On The Go at FASHFEST 2016.

On The Go at FASHFEST 2016.

This gives a great degree of flexibility to both the artists presenting and the audience, as you can pick and choose which shows pique your interest (or just do as the Canberra fashion set do and buy tickets to all six shows).

Happening from Thursday 28 – Saturday 30 September with shows at 7pm and 9pm each night, FASHFEST is a sure way to add glamour to your September long weekend.


Tickets range from $49 for tiered seating (with a catwalk of over 20 metres, no seat lacks a stellar view) to $140 for VIP Front Row seats. Experience packages with exclusive backstage tours are also available.


Naomi Peris, FASHFEST 2016.

Tickets are on sale now. Click www.fashfest.com.au to see the full program for each show and to secure your tickets now.


Keep up to date with the latest ticket releases, news and exclusive offers by following FASHFEST on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

HerCanberra is a proud sponsor of FASHFEST 2017.

Feature image: Martin Ollman


Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author

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