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PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival: Pavilion

Fashion + Design
Festivals + Celebrations
This is a past event
Fashion + Design
Festivals + Celebrations


3 March 2022 - 12 March 2022
9:30am - late


Swanston St Forecourt
Main Square


Lift access
Wheelchair accessible

Getting There

The Festival Pavilion, located at the heart of the Fashion District at Fed Square, is a hub of diverse events presenting conversations and topics connected by fashion.

Encapsulating a program thoughtfully curated to unify festival goers of every ilk — styling tutorials, interactive activations, live podcast recordings, designer Q&A’s and a full program of DJ’s and children’s workshops — the Pavilion is the place to start and end each festival day.

We welcome patrons and public alike to a gathering place for the sharing of wisdom where a host of leading fashion media panels, stylists and brands impart knowledge and tips in an inclusive atmosphere which celebrates the multi-faceted spirit of fashion.

Thanks to the City of Melbourne, you can also participate in a range of free workshops, talks, masterclasses over Fashion Weekend Live Stage – Friday 4 March – Sunday 6 March


Thurs 3 March , 6.30pm-7.30pm | Panel | Free

Urban List’s Culture Curve is your ultimate guide to what’s on the rise and what’s on the slide in culture right now. For this year’s Melbourne Fashion Festival, Urban List has created a dream panel of some of the leading voices in the Australian fashion scene to take a deep dive on what’s truly setting the pace in 2022.

From dopamine dressing to social justice style, true diversity and fashion’s new non-negotiables, TikTok and the era of creators, and the flourishing world of affiliate content—these are the ideas shaping fashion in Australia right now.

Hosted by Australian Media Brand of the Year Urban List, join HoMie co-founder Marcus Crook, Clothing The Gaps’ Head of Brand & Marketing Sianna Catullo, stylist, creator and fashion influencer Maxine Wylde, and Linkby co-founder Chris Wirasinha for what will be an ultra-insightful style chit-chat.

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Sat 5 March, 12pm | Mon 7 March, 6pm | Fri 11 March, 7pm | Panel | Free

Join Fashion Journal’s editors for a three-part conversation series that follows the career journeys of three fashion industry insiders. A live version of the publication’s top-read content series, How I Got Here, interviews will delve into how exactly each person landed their dream job.

Hear from fashion media heavyweight and creative consultant, Ingrid Kesa, internationally renowned photographer, James J Robinson, and Fashion Journal’s own Digital Editor, Cait Emma Burke, across three live and raw interviews.

Each session will see guests break down their top-of-the-industry titles in open, honest discussion. Conversations will track their career peaks and pitfalls, the skills they’ve found most useful, and the mistakes they’ve made (and learnt from) along the way. Each person will also share their top advice for anyone looking to break into this notoriously tough-to-crack industry.

Sat, March 5, 12:30-1:00 pm – Fashion Journal’s Digital Editor, Cait Emma Burke
Mon, March 7, 6:00-6:45 pm – Creative Consultant, Ingrid Kesa
Fri, March 11, 7:00-7:30 pm – Photographer, James J Robinson

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Tues 8 March, 8pm | Masterclass | Free

A live event recording to celebrate the launch of Australia’s newest creative podcast: ‘Process’ with Australian Gen Z social media icon Maxine Wylde.

Process the podcast explores what it takes to establish oneself as a leading creative in the Australian fashion, design, and media industries. Interviewing some of our country’s most celebrated photographers, editors, and brand-founders, Arielle draws on her own experience as an industry professional to get to the marrow of what honing a creative artform takes.

Via Process the Podcast, Arielle speaks with seasoned names in the fashion and creative world, discussing their approach to bridging creativity and commerce, their inspiration, outputs, and their views of the ever-changing landscape, locally and globally.

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Tues 8 March, 5pm-5.45pm | Talk | Free

In recent years, companies have become increasingly vocal about their brand values and ethics. But what do all these pretty words mean in action?

Sure, your marketing material may sound encouraging, but how can those ideas be meaningfully translated into company culture?

In this intimate talk, RIISE CEO Sara Bell and deputy CEO Elizabeth Roberts will explore the power to be found in building a truly values-led company. As well as being honest and upfront about the realities of holding yourself ongoingly accountable across all lines of business.

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Tues 8 March, 6pm | Masterclass | Free

Join Bianca Spender and friends on International Women’s Day for an interactive styling suite for the Autumn Winter season that celebrates women.

Engage with the key trends, colours, shapes, styling and inspiration behind the collection and brand.

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Wed 9 March, All Day | Installation | Free

Melbourne-based designer Joslin invites you on an immersive journey to experience the beauty of linen.

Traditional flax and linen cultivation positively affects ecosystem diversity and offers an environmental pause for soil quality and biodiversity.

Joslin’s linen is certified with European Flax®, from the field to the scutched fibre, the production of Joslin’s linen is fully traced, which allows a better follow-up of the fibre lots quality.

Discover why linen is one of the most naturally occurring sustainable fibres and why we should wear linen.

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Wed 9 March, 6pm-6.45pm | Panel | Free

In this session RIISE will dive into the debate (and defense) around fast fashion and high-street stores that posits they’re more accessible to shoppers across all budgets.

Ultimately exploring the that sustainable shopping (in particular fashion) is only available to those who can afford it.

Along the way, the panel will highlight how the industry can ensure that ethical consumption isn’t a concern of the rich, and the huge power and impact our shopping dollars have.

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Thurs 10 March, 7.30pm | Workshop | Free

This interactive workshop will begin with a short embodied mindfulness practice to soothe the nervous system, followed by a discussion about self expression and style coming from a place within rather than without.

Hosted by Shannon and Josh from Small Beyond, an organisation which hosts retreats and experiences that sit at the intersection of creative and embodied practices.

Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary.

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Thurs 10 March, 12pm | Workshop | Free

Hosted by frankie magazine and That Paper Joint, we welcome you to try your hand at fashion illustration through the art of contemporary collage.

Using second-hand magazines, you’ll create a variety of paper shapes, cut-outs and silhouettes to dream up otherworldly outfits, new styles and different perspectives.

Surprise yourself during this 90-minute workshop by creating your own editorial inspired artwork to take home, and perhaps some inspiration for your own wardrobe too! All materials, tools and guidance provided.

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Fri 11 March, 6pm | Panel | Free

Backed by Creative Victoria, the Digital Fashion Incubator was created to drive innovation in a fast-changing world affected by the pandemic and accelerated shift to digital. As the world hurtles towards the metaverse, digital fashion become a paramount factor of identity for our virtual reincarnations.

On this panel we’ll explore the inception of the project, the synergies found between technologists and designers, and shed light on the emerging metaverse frontier that offers new creative and commercial opportunities.

Hear from designers Estelle Michaelides (Micky in the Van) whose VR world takes viewers on a journey into her subconscious, and Kristine Walker (The Human Chameleon) whose AR activations bring to 3D life her incredible headpieces. Studio CEO Darren Vukasinovic will shed light on the technology behind the scenes, and how creative technologists partnering with designers enhance each other’s crafts to create wholly new experiences where the designer’s vision remains centerpiece.

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Sat 12 March, 3pm | Panel | Free

All Bodies Are Worthy: Body Diversity and Size Inclusion in Australian Fashion.

SÜK Workwear has teamed up with Side Eye Creatives to host a panel discussion on body diversity and size inclusion in Australian fashion. Listen to prominent models, performers, and makers dissect the state of our industry and what we can do to create more inclusive practices and spaces.

Leading the panel will be Side Eye’s very own Karinda Mutabazi, Creative Director and stylist extraordinaire, with SÜK’s creative team and input from industry experts. Special guests include Celebrity Designer and Couturier, Silvana Tedesco, aka The Queen of Curves.

As with all Side Eye events, expect a gag or two, and laughter abounds.

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Sat 12 March, 11am | Workshop | $30

Participants are asked to bring in an item of clothing that is either old/worn (i.e garments with holes, stains, bleach marks) or no longer brings joy to the wearer.

Borrowing from the Japanese idea of Kintsugi (Golden Joinery) participants are encouraged to highlight the imperfection in the garment through custom embroidery as opposed to concealing it. Participants will be provided with drawing equipment to create designs that correspond to their particular garments. They will then be aided in digitising these drawings into stitches. Once the drawings have been digistised they will be machined embroidered onto the garments using a semi industrial embroidery machine.

Each participant will leave with a newly embroidered garment which will aid in mitigating textile waste from ending up in landfill and evoke a sentimental connection to the piece not found in mass produced clothing.

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Sat 12 March, 5.30pm-6.30pm | Masterclass | $40

Join Champagne educator and ambassador Kyla Kirkpatrick, aka The Champagne Dame as she takes on a journey into the incredible world of Champagne.

Kyla will teach you the different styles of Champagne, why its known as the wine of kings and how to taste and enjoy champagne correctly in this fascinating masterclass experience.

Masterclass includes 4 tasting glasses of Champagne.

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Sat 12 March, 12.30pm-1.30pm | Workshop | $20

Join craft-based designer Kitiya Palaskas for this fun hands-on workshop that celebrates the covetable beaded jewellery trend. Kitiya will share her favourite beading and jewellery making techniques with you, gathered over 11 years designing and crafting for global brands. Choose from a collection of colourful and beautiful beads of all shapes and sizes to personalise your creation.

You’ll come away with a unique wearable piece (necklace or sunglasses chain) and the skills to create your very own collection of beaded masterpieces at home.

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Sat 12 March, 2pm | Panel | Free

PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival is proud to launch the inaugural Mob in Fashion program as an ongoing initiative in how we work as an industry leader. There is currently a gap in the fashion industry where there is a lack of First Nations voices and representation behind the scenes.

To bridge this gap, the Festival will be providing support to First Nations talent with learning and training opportunities which will, in turn, lead to sustainable employment across the industry. The application process is open to all First Nations and Torres Strait Islanders across all age groups and is the first of its type in the country. Click the link below to view available roles and register your interest.

Join our incredible queue of First-Nations panelists, Rhys Ripper, Nathan McGuire, Liandra Gaykamangu, Robert Hookey, and Nina Fitzgerald as they discuss their own personal experiences in the fashion industry as well as the importance of representation across all facets of the industry, not just the runway.

Mob in Fashion Panel:

Rhys Ripper (Stylist of First Nations Runway)
Nathan McGuire (Moderator)
Liandra Gaykamangu of Liandra Swim (designer in First Nations Runway)
Robert Hookey (photographer in Mob in Fashion)
Nina Fitzgerald (Thread Count in Independent Program Curator and Creative Director)

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