In Melbourne's jam-packed festival calendar, the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival can be overlooked as only appealing to those who know their Guccis from their Calvins. But you don't have to be Anna Wintour to appreciate the multitude of events, talks, exhibitions and shows on during the festival. We have put together a guide for those who who might be a bit runway shy.
Five things to see in VAMFF
Fashion can be a force for social change, and nothing motivates those who want to change the world more than being told "you can't do that". This exhibition will celebrate six Australian fashion figures who were told "you can't do that" and did it anyway – with results that changed things forever. Stella Dare, Prue Acton, Lois Briggs, Jenny Bannister, Christopher Graf and Andreja Pejić used rejection to fuel their creativity, blazing a trail for those who came after them. The exhibition will include shop window-style displays and original clothes from the designers. Historical and modern catwalk footage will also be included.
Want to grab a bite after the show?
Unless you have the metabolism of a nine-year-old, and the finances of a Kardashian, you never stand a chance against Melbourne's ferocious dining machine. The openings just don't stop and ain't nobody got time to keep on top of what's what. Except us, that is. So behold, our eat-and-destroy list – a guide to Melbourne's 50 best restaurants.