Because The Dress Collective is predominantly an online e-commerce website, the runway show will bring the digital world of Australian fashion onto the catwalk for the first time. The Dress Collective supports ethical fashion, selling labels which are exclusively Australian. 30 brands are currently sold via The Dress Collective, with items added weekly. All of the fashion sold online is manufactured in Australia, to high ethical standards.
The Dress Collective Runway will feature a collection of 100% Australian made, independent fashion. Brands featured include emerging and established designers such as:
Sophia Martin, Chip The Teacup, Kabel Apparel, Vincent Li, Cameron and James, Harlow, That Dapper Chap, Orocéo Castro, AlcieMay Designs, Sets of Seven, Identify Yourself, Why Mary, Jadewood Design, and more.
The Dress Collective Runway aims to raise money and awareness for the Black Dog Institute, a world leading not-for-profit organisation, which works toward the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bi-polar.
Claire Goldsworthy, the founder of The Dress Collective, sadly lost a close friend to suicide, which is why she chooses to support the Black Dog Institute. Claire's late friend Courtney designed for an Australian jewellery label.
"The fashion industry is extremely competitive, and when you're up against powerful, international fashion conglomerates, it's a struggle to get your name out there" Clarie says. "It's not easy running a fashion business or being a designer, so we need to work together to to support our Australian fashion community it it's every going to succeed."
Tickets for The Dress Collective Runway start from $25 for general admission or $55 for VIP seats, and can be booked via eventopia HERE.