We aim to run a free open-access upskilling program for the next generation of Australian fashion designers who put people and the planet first.
To upskill fashion students and recent graduates from all backgrounds, boost employability, entrepreneurship, and confidence, and promote a cleaner and more inclusive industry amongst the future workforce and the wider Fashion community.
Sponsor up to 12 young people who are currently studying fashion design or have recently graduated within the last five years.
The initiative is designed to give students and recent graduates a real-world insight into selling directly to the public in a supportive environment and the skills required to engage confidently with consumers, buyers, the media, and the broader fashion community to provide future pathways into work.
Hosting 6 to 7 facilitated learning sessions; this initiative looks to help participants identify their practice and processes.
The program culminates in participants selling their chosen work/collection over a weekend, in a pop-up retail space, during Melbourne Fashion Festival/Melbourne Design Week – in March.
To improve inclusivity and sustainability within the fashion industry, we welcome submissions from designers who focus on responsible and ethical design and incorporate any of the following into their practice :
- gender-inclusive clothing
- age-inclusive clothing
- size inclusivity
- modest fashion
- innovative textiles applied in garment design and production
- textile/garment therapy
- adaptive fashion
- maternity wear
We will offer:
- A bespoke program, constantly reviewed and updated to reflect changes in the industry.
- Fashion industry experts
- 6-week online-based learning + 3-day retail pop-up showcase event
- Media coverage
- Facilitated learning through lectures, industry speakers & real-world experience
We need to create more meaningful action and innovation around building a more ethical, inclusive, and sustainable industry in light of :
- The rise in Fashion and ultra-fast Fashion.
- The industry has only recently responded to the need to showcase more inclusive designers and brands.
- Australia being the second-highest consumer of textiles per person in the world, after the United States of America. Each Australian consumes an average of 27 kilograms of new clothing per year and disposes of an average of 23 kilograms of clothing to landfill yearly, or 93 percent of the textile waste we generate.
Source: Australian Government -Department of Agriculture, Water & Environement (2021)
We Need Your Help
We need financing to build our program. Here's what we will be spending the money on:
$ 18,000 *to deliver the program with a facilitator and mentor, including life skills, industry-related talks, and the retail pop-up event.
$ 2,000 *to help cover insurance costs.
We are working on an NFP model to provide access and equity to applicants by offering this as a free open-access course.
Our future intention is to have a profitable arm of the business as a consultancy service.
Any donation is warmly welcomed.
Advocate and supporter of emerging and independent fashion designers, Julia Browne brings over 20 years of experience in the creative industries to the Melbourne Fashion Hub program.
Julia's career highlights include being a professional dancer, which included touring with MTV Europe and working in press and promotions for some of London's top PR & music industry labels (most notably, Acid Jazz Records, Exposure PR, and Universal Music).
Since moving to Australia, Julia has worked in event management and public programs at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Madman Entertainment, and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).
More recently, she founded Style Shifter Media – a platform that provides styling advice, local fashion news, and a comprehensive calendar of upcoming Melbourne student runway shows.
As the founder of Melbourne Fashion Hub, her responsibilities include managing and delivering the program, carving out a unique new space, and engaging with emerging fashion talent within the local fashion community.
She is empathetic to the struggles artists face and passionate about supporting people within the creative community.
To learn more about us, please visit our website