In 2016, Maria Grazia Chiuri was appointed Dior’s first female creative director in its seventy-year history. Her first ready-to-wear collection was shown in September of that year, and her first haute couture collection debuted in January 2017, both to critical acclaim.
Much attention has been paid to the fact that Chiuri is the first female creative director, and what that means for the brand, but what does this say about the industry more broadly?
In an evening of honest and open discussion moderated by Edwina McCann, leaders in Australian fashion discuss gender equality in the industry, the progress that has been made, and the continuing challenges.
Includes an opportunity to view The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture from 7.30pm – 8.30pm.
Edwina McCann has been the editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia since 2012 and is responsible for the Vogue brand across print, digital and social media platforms. With more than 20 years’ experience in the luxury fashion market, Edwina is one of the most respected and highly regarded editors in Australia, appearing on the Business of Fashion 500 every year since 2014 and in 2015 topped B&Ts list of the ‘30 Most Powerful Women in Australia Media’. In July 2016, Vogue Australia launched VOGUE CODES, an initiative that encourages women to be empowered by technology and become the creators of the digital future.
Edwina is the co-founder and Chairman of the Australian Fashion Chamber, a not-for-profit organisation that strives to strengthen and promote the Australian Fashion Industry both locally and internationally. The Australian Fashion Chamber is recognised as a sister association of the British Fashion Council (BFC) and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
Carla Zampatti is one of Australia’s leading fashion designers. In 1965, she produced her first small collection for Zampatti Pty Limited, followed two years later by a national launch and, in 1970, by the establishment of Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd. The Carla Zampatti label is now renowned for beautiful clothes that combine Australian creativity with Italian style. In addition to being the Executive Chairman of Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd, she was also formerly a Chairman of SBS Corporation, and a former director of several corporate boards, including Westfield Holdings and McDonalds Australia, and a former board member of the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation. She is currently a board member of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, the European Australian Business Council, Sydney Dance Company and the UTS V-C’s Industry Advisory Board. Most recently in 2016 Carla was awarded her doctorate in design by the University of Technology Sydney.
Yolanda Finch is the General Manager at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF), Australia’s largest fashion event that is staged annually for a consumer, industry and media audience, that amplifies to a virtual audience of millions each March. Yolanda has over 15 years’ experience working across a variety of creative, production and management roles in the events industry, mainly for fashion, arts and lifestyle sectors. She has created and managed projects of all scales and has a unique ability to bring the creative and commercial realms together. She holds educational qualifications in art history and fine arts, fashion marketing and frontline management.
Sarah Rovis is the Managing Director at MIMCO. With over 22 years of Australian retail experience, Sarah has a strong product and design background with a wealth of management experience across Australian fashion retail brands. Her other roles include General Manager of Merchandise (Apparel and Accessories), Sportsgirl and General Manager of Dotti with the Just Group ahead of joining MIMCO.