Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Catalysts & Creators: The 10th Australian Fashion Laureate Exhibition

What can only be described as the “Oscars of Fashion”, the retrospective Catalysts and Creators event took place on Friday the 10th of November at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney. This year was extra special as it celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Australian Fashion Laureate which featured iconic works from Australia’s most prestigious fashion designers. This year’s winner non other than the amazing Dion Lee! 

The In-Conversation series featured two sessions, the first being for the Catalysts and the next being for Creators. The former focused on the ground breakers and shape shifters of the fashion industry. The panel featured Australian model Gemma Ward, Dinosaur Designs’ Stephen Ormandy and Louise Olsen and designer Collette Dinnigan; whom all discussed the defining moments of their careers. I had the pleasure of meeting all of them after and was so amazed in particular by Gemma who was so lovely and down to earth. 

The second focused on the Creators in the creative industry and their role in being a new school innovator. Creative Director Margaret Zhang and artist Michael Zavros discussed their creative process and non traditional approaches to the arts scene. The fan girling over Margaret was indeed real complete with matching jackets! 

The exhibition itself was breathtaking with beautiful designs on display and a toast to celebrate. 

I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have attended and cannot wait for the next event! 

Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx 

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