SCCI Fashion Hub, a cerebral new fashion festival facilitated by one of Australia’s great cultural incubators, will seek to situation fashion’s role within the broader context of contemporary culture.

The inaugural SCCI Fashion Hub, presented by the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (or SCCI), will seek to interrogate the state of contemporary fashion in all its multitudes through a rigorous program of talks, performances, workshops and films featuring local and international talent and taking place over 17 days at venues throughout Sydney. The Fashion Hub event compliments the SCCI’s Architecture Hub, taking place later this year in September, and both events signal the commencement of a five year program that aims to shine a light on the complexity of both fields through creating a forum for industry professionals and members of the general public of all ages.

Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of the newly created SCCI, which launched earlier this year, Dr Gene Sherman AM, announced news of the artistic program today, saying in a statement that “Fashion, in particular, has lacked serious attention as a sophisticated, intellectually rich and multifaceted mode of creative expression. Through SCCI, we seek to elevate it to a more prominent position alongside other [art forms], and begin a conversation that is long overdue.”

The program itself addresses a multiplicity of topics related to the industry at large, including fashion’s ethics, it’s place in a museum context, in film and photography, illustration and in the written word; fashion’s nature as both a business and an art form will also receive ample attention. Anchoring the program are three headline speakers whose diverse experience provides a neat précis of the Fashion Hub’s ambitions more generally: Director of Curatorial Affairs of the Grand Palais, Paris, Emmanuel Coquery; interdisciplinary Japanese designer, Akira Minagawa; and Editor-at-Large of Vogue India, Bandana Tewari. Regional designers including Bianca Spender, Paul Vasileff of the Paolo Sebastian label and Karen Walker will also participate, as will artists including Nasim Nasr, Mella Jaarsma and Kate Scardifield.

Swipe left on the gallery above to explore select highlights from the inaugural SCCI Fashion Hub program in greater detail.

As capacity is limited at the SCCI’s main hub in Paddington, the festival will take place at venues across the city including the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) and the Chauvel Cinema. In line with its philanthropic aims, the SCCI aims to encourage full house attendance at each event, and as such, many events indicate a ticket price but will be free on attendance. If you do not attend an event you have booked, you will be charged the full ticket price by way of a donation to the SCCI. Tickets are transferrable.

The SCCI Fashion Hub will take place from April 5-21, 2018, at various venues throughout Sydney. More information on the full program of events is available here.

Tile image: Courtesy of Gail Sorronda/Emilie Elizabeth
Cover image: Still from Yohji Yamamoto Dressmaker, 2016/Director: The Chau Ngo