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Fast Fashion: The Dark Side of Fashion, is an exhibition presented in collaboration with Goethe-Institut, RMIT Gallery and RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles. It'll run from 21 July to 9 September 2017 at RMIT Gallery, City Campus, 344 Swanston St, Melbourne from 11am to 5pm. The gallery is closed on Sundays and public holidays. Attendance is free.

If you'd like to attend Opening Night (same venue as above) on Thursday 20 July from 6-8pm, for numbers, CLICK HERE to register for this free event. Clare Press, a journalist, author and slow fashion expert and Professor Robyn Healy, Head of RMIT's School of Fashion and Textiles, an independent curator, and fashion commentator are the speakers.

An exhibition of the Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe Hamburg, curated by Dr. Claudia Banz, this project has been made possible through the Karin Stilke Stiftung and DBU Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt.

Take the opportunity to have a good long hard look at what goes on behind the scenes of the fashion industry and consumer habits. What are the social, economic and environmental impacts of cheap fashion? Australian's being the second largest consumers of new textiles worldwide, fashion is fast becoming one of Australia's fastest growing waste problems.

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Silk remnant dress by Georgia McCorkill. Image Š Chealse Vo

RMIT senior lecturer Dr Jenny Underwood, Slow Fashion Studio curator, said fashion reflects who we are as an individual and as a society. With trends changing faster than the seasons and fashion weeks becoming a familiar face for the modern city, one has to ask how it all impacts on the environment and what responsibility do we have as consumers. In a world of fast-paced consumerism and an even faster industry, this exhibition brings attention to economic, ecological and social issues that more often than not remain comfortably invisible.

Amidst the dark, a little light shines through. The Slow Fashion Studio responds in an upbeat manner and explores new fashion practices and experiences to bring about positive change. It features exciting new work from the young practitioners at RMIT's School of Fashion and Textiles.

Fast Fashion: the dark side of fashion is supported by an extensive public program, and following are events you can take the opportunity to engage in. Check here for more details and for other events. Stay updated by connecting to the Goethe-Institut Australien's Facebook page.

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Images of Sina Trinkwalder (top), Luisa HIlmer (left), Melinda Tually (center), Clare Press (right; Š Jasper Kitschke) and Ina Budde (below; Š Rolf Schulten) courtesy of Goethe-Institut

19 July 2017, 5 – 6pm: RMIT Brunswick Campus- 25 Dawson st, Brunswick. CLICK HERE to register for this free event.
Sustainable Fashion Futures: Pre-Opening Keynotes with Berlin-based Designer Ina Budde & Slow Fashion Expert Clare Press
Hear from two women who have changed the way we understand sustainability in the fashion world. Ina Budde will share her research into the concept of circular fashion design while Clare Press (Wardrobe Crisis) will explain how Australians may or may not be moving towards a more ethical fashion future.
20 July 2017, 6 – 8 pm: RMIT Gallery Opening Night. CLICK HERE to register for this free event.
Clare Press and RMIT Gallery director Suzanne Davies celebrate the exhibition opening.
21 July 22 July 2017, 12 – 1pm: RMIT Gallery. CLICK HERE to register for this free event.
Guided Tour through the Exhibition
Exhibition's assistant curator Luisa Hilmer from Hamburg will guide through the exhibition.
21 July 2017, 1 – 2 pm: RMIT Gallery. CLICK HERE to register for this free event.
Change-Making Beyond the Catwalk: Panel Discussion
Join a panel of speakers that intend to steer the fashion industry in new, more sustainable directions: Clare Press and Ina Budde will be joined by Melinda Tually of Fashion Revolution and Dave Giles-Kaye, Council of Textile and Fashion.
22 July 2017, 1 – 3 pm: RMIT Gallery. CLICK HERE for details and how to get the link to register, as spaces are strictly limited.
Repair Fair Workshop with Courtney Holm (A.BCH)
Courtney will share her sewing skills whilst having a yarn about fashion that does not cost the earth.
17 August 2017, 1 – 2 pm: RMIT Gallery. CLICK HERE to register for this free event.
Fashion as Social Business: Lecture with Social Entrepreneur Sina Trinkwalder.
Find out about the way Sina founded Germany's social textile business manomama, a business that provides training for those who would otherwise have difficulties on the job-market and is known for its horizontal hierarchies and its focus on local supply chains.
24 August 2017, 4 – 6.30 pm: RMIT Gallery. CLICK HERE to register for this free event.
Fast Forward: Fashion 2030: Meet the RMIT Designers
In this studio-led design pop-up, RMIT students will showcase the interim results of their collaboration with Germany's forward-thinking sustainable designer and entrepreneur Ina Budde. They will try and imagine what circular fashion practices might look like in 2030.
3 September 2017, 4 – 6 pm: ACMI (ticketed - Price: Full $18, Concession $14, ACMI-Members $12) - Federation Sq, CBD. Book at ACMI closer to date.
Traceable Film Screening Panel Discussion
This documentary sheds light on the increasing disconnect between production and consumption in the fast-fashion industry by focusing those people who create a garment. The film's claims will be discussed in a panel discussion after the screening.

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Why? Exhibition of Fast Fashion: the dark side of fashion
When: 21 July to 9 Sep 2017
Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC
Cost: Free to attend
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