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A Guide To Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2016

A Guide To Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2016

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Updated: 7 September 2016
Long hailed as the fashion capital of Australia, The City of Melbourne presents the 22nd Melbourne Spring Fashion Week this August, featuring designer shows, exhibitions, film screenings, parties, pop-up shops and seminars. We have combed through the extensive program to bring you the ultimate guide to the most fashionable week on the Melbourne calendar.



Courtesy of MSFW

Opening Gala

The MSFW Opening Gala will showcase the first event in the Designer series, featuring the exquisite work of Aurelio Costarella, Carla Zampatti, CHRISTAHLEA,  Gwendolynne, JASONGRECH, OneDay, Rachel Gilbert and Thurley. Expect highly tailored, handcrafted garments which exude the notion of romance and innovative luxury. The event will take place at the Melbourne Town Hall and tickets start at $35 with premium packages also available.


Designer – Runway show at MSFW 2015 | Courtesy of MSFW


As a part of MSFW, twelve exhibition events will draw you deeper into the world of fashion. Discover over 90 examples of Greek Jewellery from the 17th to 19th centuries at The Hellenic Museum’s The Art of Adornment and see 2000-year-old Chinese jade burial suits at Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting. Learn how Italian migrants shaped Australian fashion in Italian Migrants for Australian Fashion, realise the potential of sustainable fashion in Waste Not, Want Not. See fashion bloom to life in Floricouture by Melbourne Flower Merchant, and meet curator Paola Di Trocchio for an exclusive preview of the NGV’s couture acquisitions.


Design by Akira from the 2015 runway | Courtesy of MSFW


In collaboration with the Australian Fashion Film Awards ACMI will screen the 2016 finalists’ films and will give you the chance to vote for your favourite entry alongside the celebrity jury panel. ACMI also presents the dazzling documentary Crazy About Tiffany’s as well as the Audrey Hepburn classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Free Events

Alongside ticketed events, MSFW allows Melbourne’s most fashionable crowd to experience certain festival events for free. Treat yourself to a complimentary MECCA makeover at their Beauty Wonderland and sample the latest KEVIN.MURPHY hair products. Visit the Makers and Shakers Emerging Design Market, watch a free runway show in Little Bourke Street or take advantage of the Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out. Let your creative flair shine as you make wearable art, discover the temperature of fashion today and learn the tools to create an online fashion business.


Backstage shot from 2015 | Courtesy of MSFW


Pop down to Collins Place x Rokk Ebony SS17 for champagne, canapés, live entertainment and a runway show featuring Decjuba, MJ Bale, seed Heritage, Feathers, Rhodes & Beckett, Mimco, and Herringbone. See Melbourne all-girl band Stonefield take to the stage wearing sustainable fashion in Eco Threads – Rags to Runway and Rockstage, and watch as poetry and fashion seep together in ARTZ.


The designer series showcases new season fashion from some of Australia’s leading designers.

Urban Bloom features ready-to-wear collections from  Akira, alice McCALL, Kate Sylvester, Megan Park, Nevenka, Romance Was Born and Yeojin Bae.

Contemporary showcases the Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collections of ALPHA60, búl, Daniel Avakian, Kuwaii, LIFEwithBIRD, Livia Arena, Manning Cartell and NEO DIA.

Spring Carnival offers a glimpse into the fashions on field likely to be seen during the upcoming Spring Racing Carnival. Designers include Aquila, Asilio, Calibre, Dom Bagnato, Keepsake The Label, Martin Grant at Christine, Misha Collection, Nicola Finetti, Philip Treacy at Christine and Trelise Cooper.

Mr showcases up-and-coming trends in menswear from AMXANDER, Aquila, Arthur Galan AG, Autonomy, Calibre, Dom Bagnato, Godwin Charli and M.J. Bale.

Closing Resort will re-introduce Melburnians to the summer months we crave, with collections by CAMILLA, Camp Cove Swim, Etro at Christine, Lee Mathews, Obus, Stella Jean at Christine, Suboo and Swash at Christine.

Other runway events include the Emerging RMIT Runway, which will provide an exclusive opportunity for talented students to showcase the next generation of fashion, as well as the David Jones, Alannah Hill, Jack London and Peter Jackson runway shows in Melbourne’s city square.

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Designer – Resort Runway show at MSFW 2015 | Courtesy of MSFW


When you think ‘Fashion Week,’ images of models draped in haute couture and bloggers sitting in front-row seats come to mind, but at MSFW organisers aim to educate as well as entertain. This year’s list of seminars covers topics ranging from how to design your business, digital communication, sustainability, fashion technology and runway production among others.