Tenfingerz - photo by Alexis Desaulniers
Fast Fashun takes over the festival!

Local artists are taking on the fashion industry, dumping over a tonne of clothing waste in the middle of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF). As part of the VAMFF's Arts Program, local queer artist s are making a statement about the state of fashion.

The industry is one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions worldwide and Australia is on  of the worst offenders of fashion and textile waste in the world. Six tonnes of it goes to landfill every 10 minutes!

A lot of it is fast fashion from big brands. Of donations to op shops, only 10% gets resold.

Alongside industry runways at the festival, artists Tenfingerz and Famous Artist Sebastian Berto will be taking over an old textile factory in Collingwood and salvaging a tonne of op shop waste before it heads to landfill. 

They'll be asking audiences to create outfits from the fast fashion waste pile using whatever is available - hand sewing, safety pins, rope and hot glue. Outfits then get presented on a runway happening every hour on the hour.

Tenfingerz began creating these interactive runway events after working for years in fashion and seeing first hand the perils of the industry. Tenfingerz and Berto launched a book from the project at the NGV in early 2019 and have been running the project at different festivals around Melbourne. The project also received grants from Creative Victoria  and the City of Yarra for 2020.

DATES: 4 - 14 March 2020
Fashun party 13 March 6 - 9pm (ticketed)
Exhibition open 10 - 2 weekdays (free)
Workshops and runway shows - Saturdays 7 & 14 11 - 6 (free)
Low sensory crafting day Sunday 8th (free)
VENUE: Schoolhouse Studios 81 Rupert Street, Collingwood

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