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Fashion Words

10:30 AM – 5 PM
Saturday 7 April 2018

Image courtesy of Vogue India, The Travelling Jacket. Photo: Marie Barsch



All day event booked as two separate tickets


Curated by journalist and author Caroline Baum, Fashion Words is a day filled with conversations and talks unpicking the hemlines of style, inspiration and identity. Featuring a cast of writers and designers, including Bandana Tewari, Editor-at-Large of Vogue India and bestselling authors Tara Moss, Helen Garner and Charlotte Wood.


Two sessions booked together as one ticket. Morning tea is provided.

Session 1
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Bespoke with special guest Bandana Tewari

International special guest Bandana Tewari is one of the most influential fashion journalists in India as Vogue India’s Editor-at-Large. She discusses collaborations between Indian traditional artisans and European luxury brands, the flourishing of talent among a new generation of designers, the ethics of fashion manufacture and more. In conversation with Caroline Baum.


11:30 AM –12:00 PM
Morning Tea


Session 2
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Fashion Book Club – Interactive Panel

Designer Alistair Trung joins writer and feminist fashionista Bri Lee and Dolla Merrillees, Director of MAAS – which includes the Centre for Fashion –  to discuss the books that have shaped their thinking about dress, identity and gender. The audience will be provided with a suggested reading list ahead of time and encouraged to join in the conversation.


Booking Information

Morning sessions (Ticket 1) are free upon attendance, but bookings are essential.  If you book and do not attend, a $60 payment per ticket will be processed as a donation to SCCI. Please read the Ticketing Policy & Terms & Conditions below prior to booking.

To book, please call Daisy on +61 (02) 9357 0713 between 10 AM - 6 PM, Monday to Friday, or email

Places are extremely limited.



Two sessions booked together as one ticket. Afternoon tea is provided.

Session 1
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Model turned author Tara Moss shares experiences of her fashion career and talks about how corsets have changed her life, her passion for cosplay and steampunk and her new love of making her own retro-inspired clothes. In conversation with long-time former editor of the Women’s Weekly and journalist Deborah Thomas.


3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Afternoon tea


Session 2
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Award-winning authors Helen Garner and Charlotte Wood explore how they clothe their characters, and reveal their own fashion triumphs and tribulations. Joining them in conversation is acclaimed stage costume designer Gabriela Tylesova whose work in theatre, opera and musicals includes Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, Sweeney Todd, Salomé and Cosi Fan Tutte. Bringing their two disciplines and very contrasting aesthetics together will be moderator Caroline Baum.


Booking Information

Afternoon sessions (Ticket 2) are free upon attendance, but bookings are essential. If you book and do not attend, a $60 payment per ticket will be processed as a donation to SCCI. Please read the full Ticketing Policy & Terms & Conditions below prior to booking.

To book, please call Daisy on +61 (02) 9357 0713 between 10 AM - 6 PM, Monday to Friday, or email 

Places are extremely limited.



In line with our philanthropic vision, our ticketing policy is, we believe, unique. Capacity is very limited in SCCI’s main venue (20 Goodhope St, Paddington) and our aim is to encourage a full house at every event, and the best possible ambience for presenters and audience.

To this end, many SCCI events indicate a ticket price but are free upon attendance. If you book for this event and do not attend, your credit card will be charged the full ticket price, which will become a donation to SCCI to assist us in continuing our mission.

Tickets are transferable, so if you are unable to attend, you may pass your ticket to another party. The other party must present your booking confirmation email so that your name may be checked off upon their arrival. If that party fails to attend and present your booking email, you will be charged as per our policy for non attendance.

Your booking of a place indicates your acceptance of this policy. No exceptions can be made.

Fashion Words
Saturday 7 April 2018
10:30 AM – 5 PM
SCCI 20 Goodhope St Paddington


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:

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 and the digital series Sewing Vintage with Tara Moss, which she hosts and produces. Moss 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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

Alistair Trung

Alistair Trung is an Australian/Vietnamese clothing designer. Working beyond the fashion system for the past twenty years, the Alistair Trung label is synonymous with a unique language of clothing and dressing that transgresses the prescribed ideology of age, body, gender and beauty. Trung’s independent practice encompasses four boutiques across sydney and Melbourne, in addition to projects that intersect the arenas of art, theatre and botany.

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: