Support your local.

Words by

Eliza Sholly

While we've been busy getting sunburnt and breaking our New Years Resolutions, those at The Dress Collective have been getting stuff done.

The Dress Collective is the only e-boutique that sells 100 per cent Australian-made fashion and accessories. They are committed to the slow fashion movement, valuing quality over quantity to ensure a garment's life cycle is completely ethical and committed to sustainability.  

On February 13, our friends at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival are teaming up with The Dress Collective to host an interactive fashion show, highlighting a range of emerging and established designers.

This all-Aussie runway will showcase the diversity of our country's industry, all while raising funds for the Black Dog Institute. This very special not-for-profit organisation is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders.

Tickets will be on sale soon, so tune in via the Facebook event here.

The Dress Collective Runway
524 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Buy tickets here.


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Blue skies and sunshine.
Straight from the Italian Riviera.
We've come a long way since the old suit and tie.
Exploring the Fashion and Textiles collection.
Backstage with REDKEN.
The one that was held in a carpark.
The one where I outfit repeated.
Presented by Target and Supported by Fashion Journal.
The one where street style steps up.
The one where I tried (and failed) to look effortlessly cool.
A celebration of the strength and diversity of Australia's fashion industry.
Curious Birdy & S.Rush collaboration collection.
NB: some of these lessons were learned the hard way.
Really, really, ridiculously good-looking.
Celebrating bigger and better than ever.
They aren't holding anything back...
Inspired by warmth, skin, masking layers and woven textures.
Let us take a moment to reflect on the inspiring week that has been. In GIFs.
VAMFF comes to a close with Romance and Bush Magic.
Converse kicks on the runway? Thumbs up always.
The best part of fashion week.
We really, really wanted to reach out and feel the models (and yes we know how weird that sounds).
"I like the idea of how we as Australians are really in awe of everything that’s going on overseas, but really we take a...
"We looked at Japanese Bosozoku girls, which is an underground subculture of female biker gangs in Japan."
"I guess I feel a bit, not like the underdog, but I am very different to everyone else here."
"Well it was quite interesting last year, the fire alarm was set off by a steamer and we all had to evacuate."
"Not for the fainthearted, but for today's fashionkilla."
'You are never going to see us do the same sort of thing or send the same thing down the runway."
"But this is the pinnacle, the most important award in the country."
Melbourne Fashion Festival off to a fiery start.
Not too busy to visit us Melbourne kids.
A humbling first collection following the designer's death.
The future of Australian fashion is right here...
This is going to make for one jam-packed festival.
TOME, ètre cècile and Martin Grant are coming home for VAMFF.
A inside look into behind the scenes of VAMFF.
A cultural night out for the fashion lover.
It's been a pretty spectacular year on the catwalk.
A runway of graduate proportions.
Not since Zoolander v Hansel have we seen a walk-off this intense.
Nike just did it and it was pretty rad.