It’s become pretty obvious this year that the new strategic direction of the Cultural Precinct involves taking exhibitions out of the Gallery to activate other spaces within The Arts Centre while also engaging new audiences. And the current Coming Into Fashion exhibition is doing just that with its January Fashion Forum.
The Fashion Forum will see international industry leaders, Australian custodians and local creatives come together for a vibrant exchange of ideas and opinions. What’s really exciting is that some of these guests will be coming to the Gold Coast for the very first time.
Guest speakers include Ari Seth Cohen, creator of Advanced Style which captures the sartorial savvy of the senior set. He’ll be speaking with ABC TV’s Karina Carvalho about some of the Gold Coast’s most fashionable women. Respected journalist and Vogue Australia Deputy Editor Sophie Tedmanson is also a speaker. She’ll be in discussion with writer and Curator Alison Kubler. Sophie has 17 years experience as a writer and editor and her work will be of interest to aspiring fashion journalists and writers.
Gail Sorrondo, who owns niche label was launched in 2005 at Australian Fashion Week and has gained a cult-like following will also join Alison Kubler on stage to talk about growing the label whlle maintaining niche roots. And Charlotte Smith, who is the owner and custodian of the Darnell Collection, currently on show at the Gallery will take guests on a floor talk through the exhibition, sharing the hidden histories of the couture on display.
While the forum gives attendees a rare opportunity for intimate and insightful conversations, it also provides valuable networking opportunities during breaks as well as the chance to mingle and speak directly with guests at the end of the day. And to top it all off, attendance at the forum includes free entry to the exhibition. At only $45.00, it’s a steal. Grab your tix here.
Albert Watson, American Vogue, May 1977 © 1977 Condé Nast