Festival News

2020 Highlights

Relive your favourite moments from 2020 including...


Celeste Barber

Writer, comedian, actress and global internet sensation, Celeste Barber joined the Festival as a keynote speaker at the Australian Fashion Summit and also made her runway debut in the Harper’s BAZAAR show to a huge sold-out audience.  Watch highlights of Celeste Barber at the Festival here



Virgin Australia Grand Showcase featuring MATICEVSKI

Toni Maticevski stunned the audience as the 2020 Virgin Australia Grand Showcase designer, presenting an extraordinary solo showcase heralding a fierce and dramatic beauty.  Watch the full Runway here



Gala Runway Presented by David Jones

A truly memorable highlight was David Jones opening the runway series in the Royal Exhibition Building with their spectacular AW20 Seasons Collections Launch featuring special guest and face of the Festival, Charlee Fraser.  Watch the full Runway here



Paolo Sebastian  

“Debuting at the Festival for the first time this year was a fantastic milestone for the Paolo Sebastian brand. The response has been so positive, and we feel honoured to have been involved”.  - Paul Vasileff, Paolo Sebastian

Watch Paolo Sebastian's Festival debut in Runway 1 Presented by Vogue Australia here.



Australian Fashion Summit  

This annual convergence of thought leaders across a broad spectrum of creative industries came together to inspire the continued evolution of the fashion landscape, calling for us all to take actions to create, and respond to, change. Speakers included Celeste Barber, Eva Kruse, CEO, Global Fashion Agenda & Copenhagen Fashion Summit and Laura Brown, Editor in Chief of InStyle.  



Nocturnal x Fashion

The return of Melbourne Museum’s after dark dance party included an amazing line-up of performers, including a Romance Was Born x Chunky Move collaboration and VR fashion films.  Watch highlights from Nocturnal here



Street Style  

Browse our gallery of street style highlights from the Festival this year,  beautifully captured by Smith Street Agency here



National Designer Award Presented by David Jones

Six talented designers were selected by a panel of industry leaders as finalists for the highly acclaimed National Designer Award presented by David Jones.

We congratulate the winner ESSE, and also NAGNATA who received the Honourable Mention for Sustainability.  Watch highlights from the day here.

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