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The Art of Fashion Day 2

AM/PM sessions
Wednesday 11 April 2018

Paolo Sebastian, Reverie Images. Photo: Simon Cecere

Devised in collaboration with curator and writer Alison Kubler and spanning two days, The Art of Fashion will highlight the originality and artistry of clothing the human body; from the conceptual expression of contemporary artists to the exquisite detail of haute couture, and the links that draw the two together.


Mary Brown’s Little Hands Of Fashion
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Artist and expert embroiderer Mary Brown begins with an illustrated presentation of fine embroidery work before illuminating couture techniques: goldwork (metal thread), sequin, crystal and bead embroidery. Brown’s workstation is open for participants to touch and examine her delicate embroidery before embarking on their own to stitch beads and sequins, practicing techniques on a specially designed work-in-progress piece. Putting these techniques into an historical context, Charlotte Smith is on hand to introduce participants to a range of exquisitely worked accessories from the remarkable Darnell Collection.


Booking Information

Paid event $30. Includes morning tea. Please read our 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.



Session 1
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Alison Kubler leads an illustrated presentation on her stunning and seminal book, Art/Fashion in the 21st Century, co-authored with Mitchell Oakley Smith (Thames & Hudson), profiling key designers and artists provocatively pushing and blurring boundaries in the art-fashion crossover. Romance Was Born designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett will join Kubler to discuss their creative process and collabroative design ethic.


7:30 – 8:00
Drinks and nibbles


Session 2
8.00 PM - 9:30 PM

The Art of Fashion concludes with 2017 Young Australian of the Year, designer Paul Vasileff, talking with Kubler about the creative impulses behind his exquisite handcrafted gowns, recently featured in a major retrospective at the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the extraordinary success of his Paolo Sebastian label through which he takes his work to a discerning international clientele.


Booking Information

This event is free upon attendance and includes drinks and nibbles, 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.

The Art of Fashion Day 2
Wednesday 11 April 2018
AM/PM sessions
SCCI 20 Goodhope Street Paddington

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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:

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:

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:

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: