The Woke Woman's Guide to Melbourne Fashion Week

Posted by Stefanie Kir on

Every year the streets of Melbourne come alive with a program packed full of fashion-forward goodness. 

Melbourne Fashion Week has come round again, and some of the world’s top established and emerging designers are gracing us with their presence – and strutting their stuff on the catwalk – for this seven day fashion extravaganza.

But because Melbourne is a social justice hub, there's also a bevy of events highlighting problematic aspects of the fashion industry, and giving credit to Melbourne's local ethical fashion foot soldiers. 

Haven’t bought tickets yet? That’s alright – you can still snap up a few.

To help, we’ve written an event guide for the last-minute fashionista with a heart. Weekend plans: sorted.



Fashion supply chains are tricky business, especially when the big brands want to keep everything under wraps. In Traceable, filmmaker Jennifer Sharpe delves deep into the modern fashion system to uncover its secrets. Watch to unravel the supply chain secrets, and to answer the question: Who made my clothes?

Sunday 3 September, 4-6:15pm, ACMI


Global Indigenous Avant Garde Showcase

Homegrown fashion talent is easy to come by – Australia, NZ and the Pacific Islands are bursting at the seams (not literally) with some extraordinary designers who push boundaries on a daily basis. This event gives exposure to up-and-coming Indigenous designers and helps them gain traction in a competitive industry.

Sunday 3 September, 6:30pm & 7:30pm (2x 15-minute sessions), Melbourne Town Hall Forecourt


Ethical Clothing Showcase

Can’t get enough of your thoughtful threads? Ethical Clothing Australia is putting on a showcase of local designers who hold conscious couture close to their hearts. All Australian-based, the textile, clothing and footwear designers advocate for a more transparent industry. Come down for the latest in Aussie-made ethical fashion.

Monday 4 September, 1 pm & 3pm (2x 15-minute sessions), Melbourne Town Hall Forecourt 



Fair wage proponent and designer of some truly fabulous prints, Dries Van Noten is a creative mastermind if there ever was one. His fashions are designed with a clash of colour and sweep of patterns that work oh-so-well together. In this doco, go backstage at one of the acclaimed designers Paris Fashion Week shows.

Saturday 2 September, 9-10:37pm, ACMI

Stefanie is Editor of The Fabric Social Journal. The Fabric Social works with conflict-affected women in Myanmar and Northeast India to create clothes that look good and do great. Shop the styles, donate or get involved.

All images used courtesy of Melbourne Fashion Week 

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