Perth Fashion Festival

Forming-DesireIt’s been a little over a week since the 15th annual Perth Fashion Festival officially wrapped and local fashionistas who gorged themselves on the gorgeous array of Australian fashion talent on show are likely to be feeling some mixed emotions: happiness, because it means life resumes to normal. Sadness, because as anyone who has ever been lucky enough to spend the week planning outfits, sipping champagne cocktails and rubbing shoulders with models will most certainly attest – a fashion week is fun.

While much larger-scale fashion festivals are still going on across the globe, there’s just something special about having it in our own backyard. But before you all go getting melancholy and changing back into your trackie dacks, take heed – the kind folks from PFF have affiliated themselves with a few smaller events.

Scheduled to take place over the next couple of weeks, these unique events are the perfect antidote to help diehard fashionistas wean themselves off the top threads slowly.

Sew Blue 2013.
Sew Blue is dedicated to using fashion to raise awareness about depression and mental illness in the local community. On Friday, September 27, Sew Blue 2013 will feature a nautical themed runway – which will host two catwalk shows – and a static model exhibition showcasing collections from local WA fashion labels.

The night will also feature an exciting silent auction, which will raise money for Sew Blue’s 2013 charity partner, the Black Dog Institute. Doors open at 6.30pm with the first catwalk show kicking off at 7.30pm.

It’ll all go down at the Mandurah Quay Resort, 40 Marina Quay Drive, Erskine. For more information and to purchase tickets visit facebook.com/SewBlueFashion.

Forming Desire
A new exhibition of static garments and photographs by Justine McKnight and Michelle Taylor which considers the relationship between the object and image of fashion as distinct yet intersecting forms by exploring both a stillness and excess in fashion. The usual gallery experience will be transformed into an invitation to explore garments and images in a non-conventional way.

While Taylor’s images will be displayed on the walls, the garments will be displayed on tailor’s dummies allowing the audience to walk around the mannequins, closely observing McKnight’s dying processes and her play on fabrics placed in new contexts.

Forming Desire runs from Monday, September 30 to Saturday, October 5 at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University. A special opening event will be held in the gallery space from 6pm on Tuesday, October 1. For gallery hours and more information visit ecu.edu.au/spectrum.
And if the sounds of these events doesn’t float your boat, there’s always PFF 2015 – it’s never to early to start counting down, right?

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