Director's Message

Director's Message

SCCI, a Hub series fashioned as the newest evolution of the re-named Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, launches in April 2018.

Our aim is to provide a vibrant platform for the exchange of the most challenging and engaging ideas on architecture and fashion, within the broader context of culture. Fashion, in particular, has lacked serious attention as a sophisticated, intellectually rich and multifaceted mode of creative expression. Through SCCI, we seek to elevate it to a more prominent position alongside other artforms, and begin a conversation that is long overdue. The very best of contemporary ideas on architecture, and its intersections with cultural, social, aesthetic and economic life, will also be explored intensively at SCCI.

Our forum for this deep engagement is two concentrated public event programmes in Sydney each year, over the five-year period 2018-2022: SCCI Fashion Hub, each April/May, and SCCI Architecture Hub, running September/October.

Three VIP speakers anchor the first iteration of five Fashion Hubs, which fans out over 17 days from 5–21 April 2018 to encompass more than 40 separate events.

The core triumvirate hails from France, India and Japan and collectively signals fashion history, design and publishing. Transnational boundaries blur and East meets West as Emmanuel Coquery, Akira Minagawa and Bandana Tewari’s thinking collide in a mash-up that expands outward through the SCCI Fashion Hub duration.

Deep Dive Forum days delve into the topic through the prism of words, ethics and the petites mains craftsmanship. Fashion films and fashion collecting add weight to these high-focus segments. Studio newGen looks to the young with age-specific workshops focussed on topic-related upcycling, animation, illustration and photography, whilst SCCI Atelier engages embroidery fashionistas as well as sutra stitching meditators. Textiles talk, performers perform and The Art of Fashion takes its rightful place in the cultural firmament.

In short, the past, present and potential future of fashion are held up to scrutiny, the latter debated in panels and via films created in competition by AFTRS students.

The SCCI space is dressed, the protagonists are ready and you are invited to engage whether in person, via podcast, Instagram or Google. You might like to put your finery on? You might prefer to come armed with notebook or needle (petites mains). Learning satisfies and SCCI Fashion looks to open your mind.

Dr Gene Sherman AM
Founder and Executive Director
Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas

In line with our philanthropic mission, some SCCI Hub events indicate a ticket price but are free upon attendance. See Ticketing in the top left menu or individual events for full details.

SCCI Hubs are presented in partnership with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), and Barangaroo Delivery Authority.

Events

Participants

Emmanuel Coquery

Dr Emmanuel Coquery is a Doctor of Art History, a specialist of the art of the Grand Siècle, an educator, museum director, author of numerous publications and a curator of diverse exhibitions for museums in Nantes, Troyes and the Louvre. In 2011 he joined CHANEL as Director of Heritage, where he led the production of the CULTURE CHANEL series of shows with French and foreign museum partners, and in May 2017 he was appointed a director of the Rmn - Grand Palais, where he is in charge of programming exhibitions. Dr Coquery appears in:

Akira Minagawa

Born in 1967 in Tokyo, designer Akira Minagawa is founder of minä perhonen, a fashion and textile brand working to produce fashion that does not lose its allure through time. Minagawa-san has felt a sympathy with Scandinavian culture since he first visited Finland at 19: minä in Finnish means “I” and “perhonen” is “butterfly”, with a ‘wish to make many beautiful designs like those of butterfly wings’. His design work now expands to furniture, tableware, children’s toys, carpets, shoes, encompassing almost the full gamut of the quotidian. Minagawa also creates illustrations for magazines, newspapers and books. Minagawa appears in:

Bandana Tewari

Bandana Tewari is the Editor-at-Large for Vogue India and one of India's foremost authorities on fashion. She a regular contributor to Business of Fashion, was listed among the most powerful figures in fashion for 2012 (Industrie magazine) and is a member of the 2017 BoF500. Her pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, US Vogue and UK Vogue, as well as leading Indian journals. She both scripted and hosted 50 episodes of Simply Style, India’s first primetime TV show on fashion. Tewari has written extensively on topics from indigenous ‘made-by-hand’ economies to transgender and LGBTQ representation in fashion. Tewari appears in:

Caroline Baum

Caroline Baum has been a presenter and executive producer at ABC TV and on radio, Editorial Director of Booktopia, a contributor to major national publications and online sites, and a judge for several literary awards including the Stella prize. She is the author of ONLY: A Singular Memoir. At Conde Nast in the UK, she researched The Vogue Book of Fashion Photography; as a former features editor of Vogue Australia, Baum has a long standing interest in fashion. Baum appears in:

Mary Brown

Mary Brown studied embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, England, in 2000–2001. In her creative practice Brown works to commissions and for exhibitions across many fields of embroidery, specialising in goldwork and bead and sequin embroidery. Her book on goldwork embroidery was published and distributed internationally in 2007. She has taught in the Fashion & Textile Department at the University of Technology, Sydney, since 2007. Brown appears in:

Rachael Cassar

Designer Rachael Cassar explores the process of deconstruction, reconstruction and up-cycling to produce one-off alternative fashion pieces. Carefully crafted – sculpting and collaging directly onto the mannequin – discarded materials are re-purposed and re-contextualised, giving them new life. Cassar’s collections have been seen on catwalks in Australia, Italy, the US and the UK, received extensive media coverage internationally, and acknowledged as innovative and forward thinking, with celebrities including Rihanna wearing her creations. Cassar appears in:

Paul Castro

After 20 years in the fashion industry, Castro finally sought to confront the problem of fashion waste following a visit to a Melbourne warehouse. There he witnessed endless material destined for landfill and felt the need to resurrect the deadstock and give it new life. AMASSMENT is Castro's solution to fashion waste, a bespoke label that specialises in taking unwanted, unused clothing and transforming it into high-end women's fashion. By applying superior level design skills, AMASSMENT aims to create shapes and forms previously unseen. In 2016, Castro completed the Master of Fashion Design at RMIT. Currently he teaches in the School of Fashion at RMIT alongside his studio practice in Melbourne. Castro appears in:

Grant Cowan

Grant Cowan is a visual and graphic artist who specialises in fashion illustration. After completing a Diploma of Fashion Design at East Sydney Technical College, he lectured in fashion illustration before moving to London to join illustration agency eyecandy.co.uk, working on campaigns for Harper’s BAZAAR, Marie Claire, ELLE and others. Cowan’s brightly coloured models were perfect for collector Charlotte Smith’s fashion memoir Dreaming of Dior (HarperCollins, 2009). Cowan’s work also featured in Charlotte’s Dreaming of Chanel (2010) and One Enchanted Evening (2017). Cowan appears in:

Brendan de la Hay

Making an international splash with his neo-cabaret characters on Australia’s Got Talent, Brendan de la Hay's award winning, high fashion faces have been spotted wowing audiences across the globe with their all singing, all dancing, entirely inflatable and completely ridiculous show-stopping couture performances. In 2018, de la Hay’s performances will tour to London, Helsinki, Hong Kong and Berlin with return seasons in Sydney as part of Secret Garden Festival and the Art Gallery of New South Wales' Art After Hours series celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. De la Hay appears in:

Rod Freedman

Rod Freedman is an independent producer and director whose works have won many Australian and international awards and screened in dozens of international film festivals. Since 1998, Freedman and his partner have run Change Focus Media, producing documentaries, educational, training and promotional programs. Freedman is particularly interested in stories about the individual and their life’s journeys. His most recent productions are Once My Mother and Uncle Chatzkel. Freedman appears in:

Helen Garner

Helen Garner writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award. Her most recent book, Everywhere I Look, won the 2017 Indie Book Award for Non-Fiction. Garner appears in:

Gary Grealy

Beginning his career working for magazines such as Cleo, Harper’s BAZAAR and Vogue, Gary Grealy soon moved to working on commissions for leading advertising agencies. His work was first exhibited at the Australian Centre of Photography in 1976 and is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Bundanon Trust and the National Portrait Gallery. Grealy won the National Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in 2017. Grealy appears in:

Adam Grubner

Adam Grubner is a production designer and art director who works across many levels in the art department for film, TV and theatre. He is a hands-on creative with experience as a set designer, scenic artist, set dresser and prop maker. Grubner is also a professionally trained actor/singer/dancer with extensive experience in children’s entertainment having performed nationally and internationally with brands including The Hooley Dooleys, Barney The Dinosaur and The Kazoos. He tours to primary schools across New South Wales and Queensland for theatre in education and has hosted and facilitated events and activities for Kids in the Park school holiday programmes. Grubner appears in:

Mella Jaarsma

Mella Jaarsma is known for her complex costume installations and focus on cultural and racial diversity embedded in clothing, the body and food. She studied at the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen, the Art Institute of Jakarta and the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta. Her work has been shown in Indonesia and in Belgium, at the Biennale of Sydney, the Siasat - Jakarta Biennale, the Royal Academy of Arts London, plus others, and is in collections including the Queensland Art Gallery/ GOMA and the Singapore Art Museum. In 1988 she cofounded a space for contemporary art in Indonesia, now called the Cemeti Institute for Art & Society. Jaarsma appears in:

Alison Kubler

Alison Kubler is a freelance curator, writer and commentator with over 20 years' experience working in museums and galleries in Australia. She is a regular contributor to journals and magazines such as Vault, Manuscript, Art Collector and MUSEUM. Kubler is a co-director of mc/k art consulting, working on curatorial projects, publishing and public art commissions, and with Mitchell Oakley Smith she co-authored a book entitled Art / Fashion in the 21st Century, published in November 2013 by Thames and Hudson UK. Kubler appears in:

Octavius La Rosa

Octavius La Rosa founded online shopping platform dot COMME and collects Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Walter Van Beirendonck. The collection presently consists of over 3500 pieces with a focus on Comme des Garcons, featuring key pieces from every collection since the 1970s and including over 20 sculptural art pieces from the recent Comme de Garçons runways. La Rosa started out selling pieces on ebay to fund the collection which evolved into dot COMME in 2012 and a store in Melbourne CBD a year later. He is currently opening another space for his collection in the Curtain House building. La Rosa appears in:

Frida Las Vegas

Frida Las Vegas (aka Stavroula Adameitis) is a Sydney-based artist and designer with a professional background spanning the fashion, animation, design, editorial and film industries. An ambassador for KINDRED, the NSW Creative Industries knowledge hub, her goal is to make a positive impact across mediums using humour, colour and flair. Frida Las Vegas appears in:

Bri Lee

Bri Lee is a freelance writer and editor as well as the Founding Editor of the quarterly print publication Hot Chicks with Big Brains. Her debut memoir Eggshell Skull will be published by Allen & Unwin in June. Lee has written about fashion and culture for The Guardian, VAULT Magazine, i-D and elsewhere. She most recently edited the broadsheet accompaniment to the Gold Coast City Gallery's Coming into Fashion exhibition. Lee appears in:

Beverly Lemire

Professor Beverly Lemire holds the Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta. She publishes extensively on fashion history, early global trade, gender and material culture in Britain, Europe and comparative locales. She has recently contributed to a collaborative project examining global object lives in Northern North America and in 2016 published A Question of Trousers: Seafarers, Masculinity and Empire in the Shaping of British Male Dress, c. 1600-1800 Cultural & Social History (2016). Professor Lemire's most recent book is Global Trade and the Transformation of Consumer Cultures. The Material World Remade. c. 1500-1820 (Cambridge: 2018). Professor Lemire appears in:

 

Edwina McCann

Edwina McCann has been the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia since 2012 and is responsible for the Vogue brand across print, digital and social media platforms. McCann seeks to increase digital engagement and ensure Vogue is at the forefront of digital innovation across its multiple platforms, catapulting the brand into the new age of media consumption. She has held fashion-related editorships at The Australian, WISH and Grazia before joining Harper’s Bazaar Australia as Editor-in-Chief. McCann is co-chair to the Australian Fashion Council and has appeared on the Business of Fashion 500 every year since 2014, and in 2015 topped B&Ts list of the 30 Most Powerful Women in Australia Media.

Peter McNeil

Dr Peter McNeil FAHA is Distinguished Professor of Design History at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor, Aalto University. He is Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and is the Academy’s Section Head for The Arts. He lectures internationally across historical and contemporary design, fashion and urbanism. He worked to establish Fashion Studies as a dignified academic domain within the European Humanities at Stockholm University 2008-2018. Regular critic and reviewer, his latest work Pretty Gentlemen: Macaroni Men and the Eighteenth-century Fashion World is published with Yale University Press and released in 2018. McNeil appears in:

Dolla Merrillees

Dolla Merrillees was appointed Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in April 2016, having been Director of Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions at MAAS since the beginning of 2014. Merrillees was previously Associate Director, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) where she managed over 16 projects, oversaw the production and design of 17 publications and assisted in developing SCAF’s highly popular and innovative Culture+Idea series of more than 400 workshops, forums, film screenings and children’s programmes. Merrillees is a published author and has written extensively for print and online media. Merrillees appears in:

Masafumi Monden

Masafumi Monden is postdoctoral research fellow at University of Technology, Sydney. His first book entitled Japanese Fashion Cultures: Dress and Gender in Contemporary Japan (Bloomsbury 2015) details the relationship between fashion, culture and gender within contemporary Japan and their relevance to an increasingly transcultural world. Monden is currently researching the cultural imaginations of Japanese girlhood and boyhood, and the cultural history of fashion and the body in modern Japan. He is a recent recipient of the Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship (2016-17) and The National Library of Australia Fellowship in Japan Studies (2017). Monden appears in:

Julie Ann Morrison

Julie Ann Morrison has worked in the fashion industry for over 30 years. As Managing Director of luxury and fashion brands including Gucci, Moschino, Guess and Bulgari, she has extensive experience of international and local markets through periods of massive social, cultural and commercial change. She is a non-executive director of Myer Holdings, Chair of Specialty Brands Australia (a Myer subsidiary which operates sass & bide, Marcs and David Lawrence) and is on Carla Zampatti’s advisory board. Morrison is an experienced convenor and fashion commentator, having participated in events including industry conferences and cultural conversations at the NGV and V&A. Morrison appears in:

Tara Moss

Tara Moss is an author, journalist, TV documentary maker and presenter, human rights advocate, UNICEF Ambassador and anti-cyberbullying campaigner. Her latest book Speaking Out: A 21st Century Handbook for Women and Girls was a follow up to her first non-fiction work, The Fictional Woman. She is currently writing her twelfth book and completing her PhD at the University of Sydney. Moss' love of vintage, sewing, craft and body positivity inspired her vintage-focused blog VictoryLamour.com and the digital series Sewing Vintage with Tara Moss, which she hosts and produces. Moss appears in:

Nasim Nasr

Through video, photography, performance, objects and sound, Nasim Nasr highlights complexities within contemporary notions of cultural difference, balancing and counterbalancing Western and Eastern perspectives. Nasr graduated with a BA in Graphic Design from the Art University of Tehran, Iran (2006), and a Master of Visual Arts (Research), SA School of Art, University of South Australia (2011). Her work is in prominent collections in Qatar, Dubai, the US, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia, including the Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra. Nasr appears in:

Julia Overton

As well as working in the film industry on three continents and across all genres, including as Australian producer on the Wim Wenders film Until the End of the World (1990), Overton spent ten years in Australia’s national screen funding agencies as a development and investment executive. Since leaving Screen Australia, Julia has been working as Producer, Executive Producer, Mentor Producer and Market Place Consultant, and external assessor for government agencies in Australia and New Zealand. Overton is a long-time supporter of the emerging filmmaker sector. Overton appears in:

 

Caroline Poiner

Caroline Poiner is founder of Artisans of Fashion. Recognising the threat to traditional craftsmanship, Poiner sought to redefine traditional crafts and promote cultural sustainability. She engages with artisan groups across India and facilitates collaborations for Australia’s leading labels including KIT X, Romance Was Born, We Are Kindred and Roopa Pemmaraju. In 2014, Poiner launched Cloth & Co., an ethical lifestyle brand that commissions marginalised producers. It is distributed throughout 150 retailers in Australia and New Zealand and is soon to be launched in the US. She is currently working on an Australian-Indian Government initiative for Delhi Fashion Week 2018 that celebrates Indian culture in contemporary Australia. Poiner appears in:

Clare Press

Clare Press is the Sustainability Editor-at-Large of Vogue Australia, as well as fashion journalist, author and podcaster. Her book Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went From Sunday Best to Fast Fashion was named one of The Age’s ‘Best Books’ of 2016. The spin-off Wardrobe Crisis podcast further unzips the issues that face the $2.4 trillion global fashion industry, with a focus on ethics, sustainability, conscious consumerism, activism, identity and creativity. A former Vogue features director, Press is Marie Claire’s Fashion Editor-at-Large and writes the ‘Sustainable Style’ column for Daily Life. Press appears in:

Katie Elle Reeve

Katie Elle Reeve is a singer, songwriter, actress and teacher with a vocal and performance versatility enabling her to work in a multitude of genres. In 2013, she was featured on The Voice Australia as part of Ricky Martin's team, receiving critical acclaim for her powerful voice and charismatic stage presence. Reeve is also a script and songwriter, recently premiering her new one woman musical comedy Neighbourhood Watch ahead of a national tour set for 2018. She has worked internationally as a vocalist in bands Soirée, Duke, Peppermint Jam, Boogie Fever, Boomboxx, The Katie Elle Collective and Kitty and the Tom Cats. Reeve appears in:

Jackie Ruddock

Jackie Ruddock is the CEO of The Social Outfit, and has been involved with the organisation since its inception. She has worked professionally within the charity sector for 12+ years, and the social entrepreneurship sector for 7+ years. Jackie is a project manager and researcher in the fields of education, health, communications, multiculturalism and sexuality/gender, and held senior management roles at The School for Social Entrepreneurs, FAR Social Enterprise, and Streetwize Communications. She has a Masters of Philosophy in Gender & Cultural Studies, Honours in Education, and is a qualified high school teacher. Ruddock appears in:

Giuseppe Santamaria

Giuseppe Santamaria established Men In This Town in 2010, a street style blog capturing men with a distinct look in their natural habitat. From various towns around the world, Santamaria profiles the everyday man whose style speaks volumes about who they are on the streets, at work or in their home. Today, the Men In This Town brand spills beyond the blog onto social platforms, reaching over 600 000 followers across Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook. The blog has been appropriated into both a magazine and a series of books published by Hardie Grant, having sold over 30 000 copies worldwide. Santamaria appears in:

Kate Scardifield

Kate Scardifield is a visual artist with a research-driven, interdisciplinary and experimental studio practice. Traversing textiles, sculpture, installation and video, her work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the U.K. Scardifield serves on the Artist Advisory Group at the Museum of Contemporary Art and has been a Research Fellow at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in 2017. Scardifield has a PhD from the University of Sydney and is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building at UTS. Scardifield appears in:

Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith travels the world exploring fashion history and inspirational currents. She is curator of The Darnell Collection, one of ten significant private fashion collections in the world, her exhibitions and presentations bringing to life 250 years of fashion’s beguiling story. Smith authored the best-selling books Dreaming of Dior and Dreaming of Chanel. Her most recent book is One Enchanted Evening. Smith appears in:

Gina Snodgrass

Gina Snodgrass is an emerging Australian designer with First Class Honours from UTS. Snodgrass is a conceptually driven designer who explores and challenges the gendered nature of clothing by emphasising craftsmanship, tailoring and hand embroidery. Her menswear collection The Dandy Boys offers an alternative approach to norms in the fashion industry and encourages gender fluidity to enter the space. The collection aims to liberate and challenge notions of what one should wear, either masculine or feminine, and push fashion as vehicle for personal expression. Snodgrass appears in:

Gail Sorronda

Gail Sorronda launched her self-titled brand in 2005 after winning the Mercedes-Benz Start-Up Awards with her debut collection Angel at my Table. In 2008, Sorronda relocated to Paris and developed her SS09/10 collection Invasive Exotics. Only two years later, she was finalist in Vogue Italia’s Who Is On Next competition, enabling her to present in groups shows at AltaRoma and Milan Fashion Week. As a result, her garments were stocked in Dolce & Gabbana Spiga2 store in Milan. In 2012, Sorronda returned to Brisbane and opened her first permanent flagship boutique. The brand has since collaborated with Queensland Ballet, Expressions Dance Company, Disney and artists; Grazia Fortuna Ward, Michael Zavros and Lyn & Tony. Most recently, Sorronda was selected as an ambassador for the Gallery of Modern Art. Sorronda appears in:

Bianca Spender

Bianca Spender is founder of her eponymous label. Liberated tailoring is at the core of the Bianca Spender design identity, with signature drapes and directional forms. Spender has extensive experience working in Milan and Paris and today commits herself to supporting craftsmanship and local industries. All Bianca Spender garments are designed and produced in Australia, employing a local workforce and accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. With two stand-alone stores in Sydney and Melbourne, seven concept stores within department store David Jones and a growing global online presence, Bianca Spender has become an iconic and renowned Australian brand. Spender appears in:

Lakshmi Sukumaran

Lakshmi Sukumaran is founder of independent fashion label SAAKI. Reflecting on this Sanskrit term that translates to ‘a loved one’, Sukumaran curates limited pieces that blend modern and traditional craftsmanship. Sukumaran reflects this ethos by combining diverse fabrics and ethically produced, traditional pieces that she renders into unconventional silhouettes. She draws on her experience working with organic cotton in South India and finds inspiration in pieces that mediate between many cultural registers. Sukumaran appears in:

Sebastian Supel

Sebastian Supel is the founder of Aoyama Archive, a curated store paying homage to the first wave movement of Japanese fashion houses Issey Miyake, Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto. He studied Fashion Design, Applied Science (Textile Technology) and Business. Previously, Supel ran a curated store entitled Boroi, a collective of rare and obscure Japanese and Korean antiquities which delved deep into the wabi-sabi aesthetic. This project perfected the idea of curating as a form of art in itself. Being an avid collector and researcher of Japanese fashion for 10 years, it was only natural to form what is now known as Aoyama Archive. Supel appears in:

Deborah Thomas

Deborah Thomas is one of only a handful of Australian women to have run an ASX 200 listed company. The move to CEO and Managing Director of the Ardent Leisure Group in 2015 continued her groundbreaking trajectory as a female role model. Prior to Ardent, Thomas was highly regarded as one of Australia’s most successful media executives with 27 years' experience across all media platforms. During the course of her career, Thomas edited and managed women's magazines including The Australian Women’s Weekly, Cleo, ELLE and MODE (now Harper’s BAZAAR) before moving to a corporate role within ACP Magazines, now Bauer Media Group. Thomas appears in:

Glynis Traill-Nash

As Fashion Editor of The Australian, Glynis Traill-Nash covers all aspects of the global fashion industry. For more than a decade, her engaging, informative - and opinionated - writing has endeared her to readers of publications including The Sunday Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald, Vogue Australia, Vogue China, Harper’s Bazaar and In Style. A front-row fixture in Australia, Traill-Nash has covered fashion weeks and events across the world. She is speaker and host for the Business Seminar at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival and has facilitated events for the Perth Fashion Festival, Adelaide Fashion Festival, Brisbane Museum and Sydney Writers’ Festival, among others. Traill-Nash appears in:

Gabriela Tylesova

Gabriela Tylesova is an award winning, internationally acclaimed designer working across the full spectrum of the arts, designing sets and costumes for opera, theatre, dance and film. Tylesova graduated from NIDA in Design in 2000 and has won multiple awards including Helpmann Awards, Australian Production Design Guild Awards and Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Costume and Best Set Design. She has designed major productions for Opera Australia, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Gordon Frost Organisation. She recently designed sets and costumes for the musical Muriel's Wedding and is currently designing sets and costumes for Swan Lake for The National Ballet of Canada. Tylesova appears in:      

Paul Vasileff

At just 27, Paul Vasileff’s achievements include being named the 2017 Young Australian of the Year, showing at London Fashion Week 2010 and graduating from Milan’s Europeo Istituto di Design. A perfectionist with a penchant for classic beauty, the Adelaide designer has a hand in every facet of the business and designs every couture gown that the Paolo Sebastian label creates in his South Australian atelier. Paolo Sebastian gowns have been worn at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes, and his work has been published in Vogue Australia, Martha Stewart Weddings and Harper's BAZAAR Australia. Vasileff appears in:

Clara Vuletich

Dr Clara Vuletich is a textile designer, consultant and educator who has worked in the sustainable fashion and textiles industries for over ten years. She uses design-led methods and creative thinking with brands, designers and consumers to create systemic change for a clean and ethical fashion industry. Dr Vuletich has a design PhD in sustainable textiles through University of the Arts London and has consulted with organisations including H&M Sweden and David Jones Australia. She also trained as a Kundalini Yoga teacher and developed the Sutra Stitching workshop to combine her two interests in textile craft techniques and meditation. Dr Vuletich appears in:

Karen Walker

Karen Walker’s eccentrically elegant style has established a cult international following for her ready-to-wear, eyewear, jewellery, bags and fragrance. Walker’s signature energy and optimism define her label. Karen Walker designs cleverly play with cultural subtext, juxtaposing luxe and street, masculine and feminine, folk and utility, creating pieces that are both directional and wearable. Walker’s influence has seen her consistently ranked for the past five years in The Business of Fashion’s powerhouse BoF 500, reflecting her position as a global industry figure shaping the future.

Joanna Weinberg

Joanna Weinberg is an award-winning Sydney-based performer, writer, songwriter and director. She has written and performed in 14 one-woman shows; recorded five albums of original songs; written the book, lyrics and music for three full-length musicals, including the award-winning Lifeforce (2013); and was songwriter and co-script writer of the romantic comedy film Goddess (2013), for which she was nominated for a FCCI music award. Weinberg is a Music Maestro for the Arts Health Institute and directs a community choir in Millers Point. Weinberg appears in:

David Whittle

David Whittle combines creativity, technology and entrepreneurial vision to drive transformative growth in market-leading businesses. Whittle has founded several digital start-ups and is currently CEO of Lexer, a data and analytics software company that specialises in client engagement locally and internationally. During his decade-long career at highly awarded creative agency M&C Saatchi, Whittle built the global digital practice and was ultimately Managing Director of the M&C Saatchi Group, Australia. In this period, he worked with leading retail brands and fashion remains a focus in his professional life. Since 2015, Whittle has been a Non-Executive Director of Myer, alongside his digital business interests in business disruption. Whittle appears in:

Charlotte Wood

The Australian newspaper has described Charlotte Wood as one of our most original and provocative writers. She is the author of five novels and two books of non-fiction. Her latest novel The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Stella Prize, the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Novel of the Year and was joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. In 2016 Wood was named the Charles Perkins Centre's inaugural Writer in Residence at the University of Sydney. Wood appears in: