Museum of Brisbane

Finding Fashion Forum

  • Sat 2 Mar 2019
  • Exhibition now closed

Presented in collaboration with Brisbane-based design collective The Stitchery, this seminar invites Brisbane’s fashion community to explore how bold style can create identity, bring communities together and advocate for change towards a brighter future.

Finding Fashion Forum: Talking identity, place and style in Australian Fashion

Join us for three conversations with Brisbane’s leading fashion designers, makers and academics as they explore fashion’s role in shaping a distinctly Australian culture. Presented in collaboration with Brisbane’s The Stitchery Collective, learn how bold style can create identity, why fashion connects communities and how makers innovate for a bright and sustainable future.

Featuring iconic Australian fashion designers Akira Isogawa, Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson (Easton Pearson) and Gail Sorronda; fashion writer Glynis Traill-Nash (Fashion Editor, The Australian) and fashion trailblazers James Bartle (Outland Denim), Jackie Ruddock (The Social Outfit) and Rachel Burke (@imakestagram) in this special fashion event.


Book all three sessions

Session 1: What’s in Fashion? | 1pm – 2.30pm | $25 ($18 conc.)

Curious about how you get Beyonce to wear your next design? Lydia Pearson of Easton Pearson, Gail Sorronda and Rachel Burke [@imakestagram] will look at how rapid changes in technology, accessibility and society have influenced the way fashion is conceptualised, created and consumed.

From inspiration to Instagram, pattern to runway, hear directly from the designers how their creative visions have adapted and grown with the shifting cultural landscape … and how big influencers might just end up wearing your designs.

Session 2: Fashion as Change Agent | 3.30pm – 5pm | $25 ($18 conc.)

For any conscious fashion consumer, this session will ask the big questions … How is fashion connected to the world and accountable for its impact? What are the opportunities for changing consumer and producer behaviours? How does fashion revitalise communities? Join academic and researcher on ethical fashion Lauren Solom0n as she talks to founder of Outland Denim James Bartle and Jackie Ruddock CEO of The Social Outfit.

James will share how his denim brand is providing ethical employment and training to women rescued from human trafficking and exploitation in Cambodia.

Jackie will explore how an ethical trading social enterprise can provide employment and training in the fashion industry to people from refugee and new migrant communities.

Session 3: Fashion Icons | 6pm – 7.30pm | $25 ($18 conc.)

Join Glynis Traill-Nash for a conversation with celebrated Australian designers Lydia Pearson, Pamela Easton and Akira Isogawa. Together they will explore the concept of fashion legacy and how design aesthetics are shaped and developed by culture, context and place. Hear Easton Pearson and Akira reflect on the curatorial process to create major Museum retrospectives of their work. With extensive collections spanning season after season, uncover the forms and techniques that built the fashion language of these enduring brands.


Images: (1) Six 6 Photography (2) Designer Akira Isogawa photographed by Michele Aboud.