Art & Design


Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

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This year’s VAMFF will see 100+ cultural events which span the length of the catwalk – from runway shows, to talks, workshops, exhibitions and blogger meet ups.

Here are our festival picks away from the runway…

Rock up at Alfred Place for a satoralist-style photo shoot with your beloved mutt. Dogtired will also be hosting a Best in Show competition, judged by a panel of fashion savvy, dog-loving judges — including Melbourne milliner, Melissa Jackson. Enter, and you and your dog could snag a few trophies.
Sat 22 March, 3pm-5pm; Alfred Place, Melbourne (enter via Collins St.)

The Clothing Exchange free swap
The Clothing Exchange have been providing a forum for savvy, environmentally-conscious fashionistas to trade their pre-loved high quality vintage or designer pieces with other like-minded souls—without the pesky involvement of money. The Swap Social, Swap Virtual event is free for the public to participate.
Sun 9 March onwards, or visit/shop online
Community Hall, NGV International
180 St. Kilda Road Melbourne, 3000

In Conversation: Narcissism and Selfies
If the catwalk isn’t your thing, perhaps a casual philosophical musing is.  At In Conversation you can listen in as a panel of experts tackle the topic of Narcissism and self-image, particularly the way it’s reflected in popular culture and the media through the humble ‘selfie’.
Town Hall Gallery; 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Adult $7/Concession $5/Free for members
Bookings: (03) 9278 4626 or email

The Clothes Things Happen In
Everyone’s got a piece of clothing that symbolises something, whether its that t-shirt you bought in Spain or the pair of shoes you wore that time you went backpacking. “The Clothes Things Happen In’ is  an exhibition dedicated to the memories we collect through clothing, featuring a range of pieces accompanied with written accounts of their background. You may never look at a pair of socks the same way again.
Qualia Creative
The Loft, 8 Rankins Lane
13 – 23 March

17-23 March 2014


Fire Monkey

Angela Liong, the artistic director of Fire Monkey, on performing and how it encapsulates the theme of the Mapping Melbourne festival.

The Gathering

The Gathering is a brand new musical where six young friends reunite in an old house and their stories and secrets unfold.

The Road To Stockholm

Soul singer Jessica Papst has created the ultimate Eurovision spectacle of a show, The Road To Stockholm.

Food and Drink

Gramercy Social

American themed burger joint Gramercy Social has got Prahran salivating for some good ol' burgers.

Dingo’s Bar

The new kid on the Collingwood bar block Dingo's Bar proudly celebrates the kitschy iconic Australian pop culture we love.

Claypots Barbarossa

Claypots Barbarossa is one of those venues in Melbourne that works for nearly every occasion.