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Bandana Tewari 2

3.30 PM - 6 PM
Sunday 8 April 2018

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



Note: Ethical Fashion is an all day event booked as three separate tickets. Tewari appears in the afternoon sessions with Ticket 3. 


Wardrobe Crisis author Clare Press devises a day on fashion ethics featuring designer Bianca Spender, Paul Castro of the label Amassment and others working at the cutting edge to re-conceptualise fashion and how it may contribute to social good. Speakers explore some of fashion’s most critical and topical issues: sustainability, supply chains and the slow fashion movement. By providing space to think, decode and discuss, Ethical Fashion invites you to imagine what a more responsible fashion future might look like.


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

Session 1
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
India’s Fashion Artisans

Caroline Poiner (Artisans of Fashion), Bandana Tewari (Vogue India) and Lakshmi Sukumaran (SAAKI) examine whether India’s rich craftsmanship provides answers to fashion’s sustainability crisis. The antidote to fast, “disposable” fashion, artisanal clothing and textiles are created slowly using traditional techniques, often with natural fibres and dyes. The panelists discuss how these skills can be preserved and used to empower communities. Which designers are making these crafts feel contemporary and desirable while also preserving their heritage?


4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Afternoon tea


Session 2
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Fashion for Good

The Social Outfit is a fashion label with a difference. A social enterprise, it employs and trains people from Sydney’s refugee and new migrant communities. Fabric is mostly deadstock from designer donations, however the team also produces original, limited edition prints in collaboration with local artists and designers including Linda Jackson and Romance Was Born. Join Clare Press in conversation with The Social Outfit founder Jackie Ruddock to question how fashion can build community and positive change.  


Booking information

Afternoon sessions (Ticket 3) 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 

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To this end, many scci events are free upon attendance. However, 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

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Bandana Tewari 2
Sunday 8 April 2018
3.30 PM - 6 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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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: