Fashion Month, ethical, local design: special event!

Melbourne’s Fashion Festival season is soon to arrive. Just finished an ethical fashion article for an art publication.

Speaking of, friend Amie Batalibasi and Colour Box Studio (CBS), a Community Creative Hub & Pop Up Art Space, will be hosting CBS Fashion Month – its own program of sustainable, ethical, local fashion (‘SELF’) industry events, artisanal workshops, vintage and second hand swap meet, and a designer Pop Up Shop showcasing both established and rising stars of Melbourne’s grassroots Ethical fashion scene. (Invite with details pictured)


Established and emerging Designers featured in the Pop Up Shop will include (check out the links):
New Model Beauty Queen [ethically produced ladies fashion, ECA Certified]
The Social Studio [Fashion Label and Social Enterprise]
Jude [locally produced fashion & accessories]
Urbanearthwear [Ethically certified underwear ECA Certified]
Aacute [local design duo, jewellery, soy wood wick candles, soon to be launched fashion label]
ELandTINO [fashion & accessories]
Studio 941 [hand painted silk accessories]
• NEW! Twitch Women’s Sewing Collective, no link yet [South-Sudanese collective in Dandenong; linked to Social Studio]
Aqua Babe [Eco Friendly Casual Fashion]
3 Fish [Fairtrade Organic Clothing]
M*inc Design [Upcycled handbags]
Etiko Fairtrade [stockings and underwear]
• The Skeleton Dance, no link available [locally produced handmade cotton basics; one of CBS’ volunteers and RMIT Fashion student]

More details on Pop Up Shop HERE.


Artisanal workshops will also feature in the Fashion Month program, including a silk scarf printing workshop led by Ida Suod of Studio 941 (March 27 & April 3), and an accessories screen-printing and sewing workshop led by Liz Doust of Ambette (March 16 & 17). More workshops to be announced.


Ida Suod will also be doing a Pop Up Shop residency, producing hand-painted silk creations on site from Feb 28 to March 13.


A free-for-all ‘Clothes Swap’ will also be held, with CBS’ courtyard to be turned into a gigantic Vintage store. The idea is to encourage people to recycle and reuse materials and garments already in circulation. All in the name of ‘SELF’ – sustainable, ethical, local fashion. “Through Fashion Month at Colour Box Studio we hope to encourage ethical shopping, promote local designers and have a good time doing it”, Amie says.

 Clothes Swap happening March 10. More details HERE.


Happening on March 20, the forum will be led by Dale Cornell from NMBQ, and include invited guest speakers Vicki Sterling (Bonds Clothing), Simon Mc Rae (Ethical Clothing Australia), Tegan Rose (Ink & Spindle) and another very special guest I’ll hold of from mentioning for now until it is confirmed.

The forum will address how designers and artists can match their values with their business, and make it viable – in a welcoming, fun, artist-focused environment. Established and emerging designers, photographers, stylists, models, fashion writers and connoisseurs… all welcome.

Make sure to book your place in this evening of conversation HERE.

(Couple of extra treats in store, I’m told 😉 )

Cheers to the Fashion Month Planning Committee who are making it all happen. The team comprises volunteers from the CBS Management team, all of who are artists and creative people working tirelessly in a range of roles. And to the local fashion designers who have generously lent their expertise in fashion design and insider insights into the fashion industry. CBS engages directly with artists with full trust in their skills and perspectives.


2 Comments on “Fashion Month, ethical, local design: special event!”

  1. […] Back Story and magnificent manifestation/inception HERE, and their successful Fashion Month Program HERE. If you need further convincing of the vision, determination and raw gutsiness of director Amie […]

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