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Virtually across the road from Victoria University's Footscray Nicholson campus and next door to the Belgravia Hotel is the Colour Box Studio, a multifunction pop up creative space and community creative hub focussed on the support and promotion of independent artists and creative people in Melbourne.
Fashion Month! Image courtesy of Colour Box Studio
Their latest initiative is the Colour Box Fashion Program which will be launched on Wednesday 27th February and run through until 6th April. The theme is SELF (Sustainable Ethical Local Fashion) and there is a diverse range of both established and emerging designers taking part. There will be a pop up shop with ethically produced ladies fashion, accessories, jewellery, soy wood wick candles and even ethically certified underwear as well as lots of other activities.
The launch, on Wednesday 27th February from 4.30pm to 8.30pm, is free to attend and aside from the pop up fashion shop there will be a pop up fashion show, door prizes, live internet radio broadcast with Rant n Rave Radio, photo booth and fashion films.
Further events in the program include:
Colour Box Clothes Swap Event
'Fashion Box', a Sustainable Ethical Fashion Forum and Industry Networking night with a panel discussion featuring industry leader and designer Dale Cornell from New Model Beauty Queen, Vicki Sterling from Bonds Clothing, and more
Or you can come along another day and enjoy the pop up fashion shop and all the other events running until April 6th.
The Colour Box Studio is located in a former tattoo parlour and some of the previous tenant's artistic efforts adorn the wall in the courtyard out back. According to Studio Director Amie Batalibasi, the studio and its community is about all kinds of art. Just coming to the end of "Digital Media Month", the day I visited there was a digital media exhibition (with projections on the shop window at night) as well as a mini pop up shop of local handmade arts and crafts displayed on stands made of recycled materials. Keep your eye out for future events on their website and on Facebook.