Coming into Fashion | Fashion Forum
The Fashion Forum will see international industry leaders and Australian custodians and creatives come together for an exciting exchange of ideas, experiences, and opinions. Some of these guests will be visiting the Gold Coast for the first time, while others are offering attendees rare opportunities for intimate and insightful conversations. Two informative morning sessions come before a networking lunch, then the day continues with a masterclass and a floor talk. As with the Talk Suite on Saturday 25 November, fashion forum attendees will have the chance to mingle and speak directly with the special guests at the end of the day as well as a free entry to the exhibition.
Guest Speaker Program
Age of Style – with Ari Seth Cohen
10am – 11am
Ari Seth Cohen is the creator of Advanced Style, a project devoted to “capturing the sartorial savvy of the senior set” which has since been made into a book and documentary. Ari’s work as a photographer and taste-maker has been the catalyst for a worldwide revolution in the way the beauty and fashion industries deal with age. ABC TV News Anchor Karina Carvalho will be talking to Ari about the importance (and fabulousness) of his work, and chat about some of the Gold Coast’s most fashionable women.
From the news desk to the hallowed halls of Vogue
11.15am – 12.15am
Join writer and curator, Alison Kubler, in discussion with respected journalist and Deputy Editor of Vogue Australia, Sophie Tedmanson, for a conversation about her journalism journey. With 17 years experience as a writer and editor, and now as the Arts and Features Director at Vogue Australia, Sophie’s interviewee list is long, entertaining, and inspirational. This discussion is perfect for aspiring fashion journalists and anyone interested in learning a bit more about life at Vogue and the role media plays in the fashion industry.
Lunch break with beverages and networking
A conversation with Gail Sorronda about her niche label
1.30pm – 2.30pm
Since launching her label in 2005 at Australian Fashion Week in Sydney, Gail Sorronda has continued to gain both critical acclaim and a cult-like following amongst fashion lovers worldwide. Gail’s work is architectural and intelligent, but with dashes of gothic and historical influences, the result is bold and unlike anything else. Listen to a frank and intimate conversation between Gail and Alison Kubler about how Gail’s label has grown while staying so very, very niche.
The Darnell Collection: Floor talk with Charlotte Smith
2.45pm – 3.45pm
As the owner and custodian of the Darnell Collection, Charlotte Smith has spent over a decade collecting, researching, and celebrating one of the most valuable collections of clothing in existence. Follow Charlotte on an exclusive floor talk through the exhibition to hear her speak about how the garments selected were chosen out of the 8000 pieces from over 30 countries that the collection boasts. Charlotte will be sharing the hidden histories of the couture on display, and will be available for book signing after the session.
After drinks and networking, the day will conclude 4.30pm
More information about our special guests
Ari Seth Cohen is the creator of Advanced Style, which was originally a street style blog featuring older men and women, but is now a worldwide phenomenon. His first book, Advanced Style, has sold over 150,000 copies worldwide, and the story behind his work was turned into a documentary. He is an internationally celebrated photographer, having shot campaigns for brands like Karen Walker and Coach with his signature cast of fabulous elders.
Karina Carvalho is a journalist and news anchor. After working for the BBC, Karina returned to Australia in 2006 and commenced working for the ABC. In 2012 she co-hosted ABC News Breakfast, and is now the presenter of ABC News QLD.
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.
Gail Sorronda is the woman behind the namesake label. For over ten years Gail has created dramatic collections such as Holy Water, Oh My Goth! and Angel at My Table. Her concept store on James Street, Fortitude Valley, is a nod to intelligent design and displays an appreciation of form and shape that is also ever-present in her garments.
Charlotte Smith inherited her godmother Doris Darnell’s collection in 2004. It has continued to grow through bequests to over 8000 pieces representing 32 different countries and is considered the largest private vintage clothing collection in Australia. Charlotte herself is the author of Dreaming of Dior, Dreaming of Chanel, and One Enchanted Evening published in November 2017.
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.
Sølve Sundsbø, Love, Spring/Summer 2011 © Sølve Sundsbø/Art + Commerce
Albert Watson, American Vogue, May 1977 © 1977 Condé Nast