Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in a Scanlan Theodore dress
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in a Scanlan Theodore dress

Known For:

Its promotion of independent brands and its wealth of vintage shopping. We have also noticed that Melbourne designers seem to be pretty knowledgeable about sustainability and make a real effort to incorporate it into their design flow.

Chapel Street, Prahran, Melbourne

Shopping Districts:

  • South Yarra/Prahran: South Yarra and Prahran’s shopping areas are both marked by the presence of Chapel Street, a 2km stretch that joins both neighborhoods together (along with the Windsor neighborhood). South Yarra’s end of the street has designer shops and Prahran’s end has the independent and vintage shops that one becomes used to in the city.
  • Brunswick: Brunswick is home to Melbourne’s Sydney Road, one of the Southern Hemisphere’s longest shopping stretches. It’s a great stop for both shopping and eating. You can find amazing independent stores and vintage shops here, as well as wedding fashions.
  • Brunswick East: Brunswick East, 5km (about 3 miles) from Melbourne’s central business district, is a trendy area. Lygon Street is the leading option in terms of a neighborhood shopping destination.
  • Fitzroy: Fitzroy, one of Melbourne’s primary creative centers, is home to many independent shops and vintage/secondhand stores. You’ll have a lot of choices for primary shopping streets; start with Gertrude Street and Brunswick Street.
  • Collingwood: Collingwood is located next to Fitzroy and as such, has a similar shopping flavor. If one could only go to one place in the neighborhood, Smith Street is that stop to make.
Marais; photo c/o Visit Victoria
Marais; photo c/o Visit Victoria

Specific Places To Shop: 

  • Chadstone
  • Myer
  • Somedays
  • Design A Space
  • Le Louvre
  • RetroStar Vintage
  • Marais
  • Bourke Street Mall
  • The Emporium
Toni Maticevski Spring 2019 Ready-To-Wear; photo c/o Vogue
Toni Maticevski Spring 2019 Ready-To-Wear; photo c/o Vogue

Brands:

  • Toni Maticevski
  • Arnsdorf
  • Scanlan Theodore
  • Kuwaii
  • Viktoria and Woods
  • Gorman
  • Strateas Carlucci
2019 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF); photos c/o VAMFF and Lucas Dawson Photography
2019 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF); photos c/o VAMFF and Lucas Dawson Photography

Events:

  • Melbourne Fashion Festival: The Melbourne Fashion Festival is described as being “an annual celebration of fashion, arts, ideas and creative endeavour for everyone to enjoy.” It includes runway shows, beauty workshops, seminars, forums, and live entertainment, among other happenings.
  • Melbourne Fashion Week: Melbourne Fashion Week aims to position Melbourne as the fashion capital of Australia by providing a launchpad for designers, models, and brands. It is managed by the City of Melbourne.
Australian Fashion Council logo
Australian Fashion Council logo

Fashion Organizations:

  • Australian Fashion Council: The Australian Fashion Council (AFC) formed in 2018 with the merging of the former Council of Textile & Fashion and the Australian Fashion Chamber. The AFC has many separate goals, but those goals all serve one purpose: to promote the growth of the textile & fashion industry in Australia.
Russh Magazine
Russh Magazine

Fashion Publications:

  • Vogue Australia
  • Fashion Journal
  • Harper’s Bazaar Australia
  • RUSSH Magazine
  • Elle Australia
  • Marie Claire Australia
RMIT University, Melbourne; photo courtesy of RMIT
RMIT University, Melbourne; photo courtesy of RMIT

Universities & Colleges:

  • RMIT University
  • Whitehouse Institute of Design
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