Brisbane Fashion Month (BFM), presented by Wintergarden, returns this month with a line-up of runway and networking events set to be the largest showcase of Queensland designers in the state. In its third year, BFM expands to encompass more runway shows spanning free and ticketed events, and featuring 35 Queensland designers from 1 to 31 October.
Director Laura Churchill said this year’s festival will showcase designers from across Brisbane and Queensland in a series of events aimed at highlighting the many talents of local fashion creatives. “We’re really proud to showcase the largest number of Queensland designers of any festival in the state,” says Laura. “Audiences will be able to come and see everything from students and emerging designers through to the biggest names in fashion on the runway, as well as shop from a hand-picked selection of labels in the Wintergarden pop-up store throughout October.”
Networking and business development remains a strong focus of BFM. The signature business workshop this year will be presented by Australia Post and will involve a line-up of speakers including Brisbane designers, educators, social enterprise managers, and PR pros alongside Cue retail brand manager Kate Bielenberg. Addiitonally, as a new initiative of BFM2018, the Pocket Guide to Brisbane Fashion has been released online and will be available at all Brisbane Fashion Month events as a go-to guide for consumers to find and shop from Brisbane and Queensland designers. The BFM design competition will also be returning this year, offering the winning designer the chance to showcase in the Next Gen show in the Queen Street Mall as well as accommodation, business and mentorship prizes.
BFM will also feature a different team behind the scenes, with stylist and event producer Laura Churchill taking over as Director from founder Carly Vidal-Wallace after two years working as co-director on the project. She is joined by renowned Brisbane stylist Liz Golding as styling director, along with an event management and support team. Queensland hair and beauty company Stefan returns as BFM’s official makeup partner along with a host of sponsors including the Queensland Government. BFM2018 is also proud to support the Breast Cancer Network Australia as a charity partner for 2018.
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