Coming into Fashion | Talk Suite
This full-day talk suite will see the biggest names in Australian and international fashion come together with journalists, practitioners, and thought leaders to discuss their expertise and the future of the industry. With two full panels and two intimate in-conversation sessions, the day is punctuated by a networking lunch. Talk Suite attendees will also have the chance to mingle and speak directly with the special guests at the end of the day.
Guest Speaker Program
Condé Nast, the empire
10am – 11am
This panel will see the Coming into Fashion Exhibition Curator Natalie Herschdorfer, Exhibition Manager Todd Brandow, Vogue Australia Deputy Editor Sophie Tedmanson, and curator and writer Alison Kubler come together to discuss the enduring legacy of publishing house Condé Nast. They will dissect, critique, and celebrate the iconic images featured in the exhibition, exchanging opinions and stories you won’t be able to hear anywhere else. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the best artists and photographers in contemporary fashion history.
Oracle Fox talks
11.15am – 12.15pm
Amanda Shadforth is the brains and creative genius behind one of the world’s most recognised fashion destinations, Oracle Fox. Alison Kubler will host this intimate in-conversation session and together they will cover the future of fashion photography, illustration, and what social media means for photography. Amanda is an accomplished illustrator and artist, and has worked as a photographer and stylist on dynamic digital campaigns and creative projects for international luxury brands such as Versace, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton.
Sunday Best to Fast Fashion
1.30pm – 2.30pm
How has the way we make, sell, and market clothes changed? Listen in to an illuminating (and at times alarming) conversation with Clare Press, the highly regarded author of Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went From Sunday Best to Fast Fashion. Clare is the Fashion Editor-at-Large at Marie Claire Australia, Daily Life’s Sustainable Style columnist, and now produces the Wardrobe Crisis podcast. Hosted by Alison Kubler, these women bring their combined wealth of research and real-world experience to discuss the evolution of the fashion system, from past to present, and will discuss what they see as the future of fashion. Clare will be available for book signing after their conversation.
Fashion and the sartorial gentleman
2.45pm – 3.45pm
The final session for the day will be a lively discussion between two of fashion’s finest gentlemen, hosted by Alison Kubler. Men in This Town began as a street style blog, and in the past seven years Creative Director Giuseppe Santamaria has grown the project into a magazine, book, and concept space. Paul Hunt’s studio is in Brisbane, but he also spends time each year sourcing fabrics and finding the inspiration for his award-winning couture in Paris. Giuseppe and Paul both have, and purvey impeccable style, and this panel promises a worldly insight into both Australian and international fashion.
More information about our special guests
Nathalie Herschdorfer is the Curator of Coming into Fashion and the author of several books, including Coming into Fashion. A curator and art historian specializing in the history of photography, she is Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland.
Todd Brandow is the Coming into Fashion Exhibition Manager, and the founding Executive Director of the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/New York/Paris/Lausanne, which celebrates 14 years in 2017. Todd has been based in Paris since 1997 and his work as a curator, foundation director, and book publisher has taken him all over the world.
Sophie Tedmanson is the Deputy Editor and Arts & Features Director at Vogue Australia, and has been working as a journalist for over 17 years. Her prior roles were at respected publications such as The Times and The Australian. She is also training for the New York marathon.
Amanda Shadforth founded Oracle Fox as a style blog five years ago and has since grown the digital destination into a creative agency with a reach of 1.5 million people. Amanda’s illustrations, art, and photography has been commission by luxury clients such as Versace, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton and many others.
Clare Press is the Fashion Editor-at-Large of Marie Claire Australia, and the author of Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went From Sunday Best to Fast Fashion, and The Dressing Table. She spent five years as Features Director at Vogue Australia, and at Sunday Style her “Fash Fwd” column reached 3 million readers weekly. She now produces the Wardrobe Crisis podcast.
Giuseppe Santamaria is a photographer from Toronto who now lives in Sydney. He created the Men in this Town street style blog in 2010 and his work was turned into a book in 2014, he began publishing a printed magazine titled MITT in 2015 and in 2017 his team opened a new concept space called Fine Fellow.
Paul Hunt is renowned as a leading bespoke bridal and special-occasion fashion designer, bringing his brand of understated, sophisticated Parisian chic to women around Australia. From his studio in Brisbane his gowns are on red carpets from the Logies to the Brownlow Medal, and he has remained a favourite with fashion editors and celebrities alike.
Alison Kubler is a curator and writer with postgraduate qualifications in art history and 20 years experience in art and fashion writing. She recently co-authored Art/Fashion in the 21st Century, and is the Creative Producer of the Coming into Fashion exhibition at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Alison is a co-director of a multi-platform art consultancy, and Board Director for Museum of Brisbane.