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From Catwalk to Closet: FASHFEST 2015 Day Five

HerCanberra Team

Never content to sit still, the organisers behind FASHFEST are—after presenting four full nights of fabulous fashion—hosting DAY FIVE, tomorrow at the National Convention Centre.

This is a unique opportunity to meet around 20 FASHFEST designers and see their new collections up close and personal. The designers say they love an event like this because they get to talk about the inspiration behind their work, show how pieces can be worn and provide styling tips.

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“It’s always rewarding to talk to new and existing customers, to share your thoughts and hear theirs,” says Pip Morgan of Braddon Tailors, who launched his ‘Wintery Exploits’ collection last night on the catwalk.

“In our case we explain where we source our fabrics from, which are some of the best mills in the world, and can help with measuring, sizing and colour choice. Customers love the support and advice and are even encouraged to try new approaches.”

DAY FIVE is also Canberra’s one-and-only chance to talk to Melanie Child, who made her debut appearance at FASHFEST last night. Melanie, from New Zealand, runs a label by her own name. She specialises in high-end, upcycled clothing, reusing one item to create another of higher quality or value than the original.

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It’s also an opportunity to also meet Tanja von Behrens, a Canberran who now lives in Tasmania. Tanja is a contemporary jeweller who showcased a range of unique pieces made just for the show. She collaborated with Melanie Child and Braddon Tailors and has created graphic pieces inspired by Canberra’s road systems and some of the capital’s icons, including brooches, earrings and necklaces.

Artist Luke Chiswell will be at DAY FIVE. This was Luke’s debut at FASHFEST. He launched his ‘New Day’ collection and will also have on hand t-shirts and other clothing featuring his internationally famous Straight Face image, which he drew when he was 17 and still uses extensively across all of his work. Made with an uncompromising eye for detail and quality, Chiswell’s debut collection explores cut, surface, decoration, texture and silhouette.


Vicky Kidd-Gallichan of Rockstars and Royalty will be at DAY FIVE providing guests with an amazing chance to see the intricate details behind the pieces in ‘Cherries in the Snow’. Vicky used 15,000 crystals and 30 metres of intricate lace, as well as bolts of soft tulle, silk chiffon and other pretty bits and pieces, to create the stunning collection.

If you love hats, both Barb Mickelson from BMDesigns, who collaborated this year with Classy Glass Designs on jewellery, and Jade Sargent from Sovata will be on hand at DAY FIVE to help you have fun trying out their creative masterpieces. Other designers include Hana, Ziyah, The Prodigal Daughter, The Label, Mimetic, Recollection, Little Jane Lane and Illusory Cog.


Tonight’s the closing night of FASHFEST and the lineup of designers is a cracker, with the likes of Karen Lee, Corr Blimey and Zilpah Tart—designers who have showcased at the red-carpet event before—launching new and inspirational collections on the catwalk. New this year is Boho Bird, from Birdsnest in Cooma, and Cameron and James from Melbourne.

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And, in celebration of up and coming designers just fresh out of fashion at Canberra Institute of Technology is an all-star showcase, featuring the best graduates from across all four nights of the show.

If you’ve gone nothing on your social calendar this evening, hope online and buy a ticket for Fashfest:

Photography: Rebecca Doyle Photography

the essentials

What: FASHFEST Day Five
When:Sunday 17 May, 2pm to 7pm
Where: National Convention Centre
How much: Entry is free


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