Monday, February 24, 2014


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Has it already been almost a year since FASHFEST Canberra 2013? Last year’s whirlwind four days of fashion, parties and the best of Canberra’s local talent are still fresh on my mind. This year, FASHFEST, the biggest annual fashion event in Canberra, is anticipated to be even more phenomenal than the last. As part of making that happen, the all important search is on for the models who will be walking the runways in this year’s new collections. A huge turn out of 140+ models gathered at East Hotel (a major event partner) for FASHFEST’s Model Casting yesterday, making it the biggest model casting ever held in Canberra.

What was so refreshing about yesterday’s model casting was that we saw more than just your usual model archetype (impossibly skinny and legs for miles). ‘We’re looking for men and women, including different nationalities and some plus-size models,’ says Andrea Hutchinson, FASHFEST co-founder and judging panel member. ‘It’s about the perfect fit for the fashion being produced by the designers who have been selected to launch new collections at FASHFEST.’

FASHFEST aims not only to open up modeling opportunities, but also to provide models with support and training. Models who get through the model call will be able to participate in training sessions so that they will get the most out of the FASHFEST experience.

In other news, a number of Canberra designers who have been selected to show their collections at FASHFEST are hiding out in plain sight at innovative retail/studio space Three Little Birds & Little Boy Blue at New Acton Nishi. Do check it out if you haven’t already!

FASHFEST veteran labels SZN and Perpetually Five will be showing at the four day event, as well as as official FASHFEST Graduate Designer 2014, Character. Mitch Thompson of Perpetually Five has hinted at venturing more into womenswear this year, and Character’s Holly Squair has set out to create unique prints for her collection.

FASHFEST is a showcase of Canberra fashion — four nights, four distinct shows. The 2014 event will be held 30 April to 3 May, at the Canberra Airport, a major FASHFEST partner.

Find out more on the FASHFEST website and keep up to date on their facebook and twitter!


More social photos on the ClosetVoyage facebook page!

      fashfest_model_casting01 fashfest_model_casting02 IMG_7483      IMG_7323Designer Suzan Dlouhy (SZN); Canberra Bloggers: Heatstorm Blog, Ink & Leathers Blog & H2T Fashion BlogIMG_7327

Designers Mitch Thompson (Perpetually Five) & Louisa de Smet (Corr Blimey)

IMG_7353 FASHFEST Producers Steve Wright & Nick Ellis; FASHFEST Co-Founder Andrea Hutchinson

IMG_7355Designer Holly Squair (Character)

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