Australian Fashion Summit

Just Announced: Eva Kruse, CEO & President, Global Fashion Agenda & Copenhagen Fashion Summit

An annual convergence of thought leaders across a broad spectrum of creative industries that inspire the continued evolution of the fashion landscape to create, and respond to, change.


Friday 13th March
9:30am - 4:30pm

Your Host:

Glynis Traill-Nash
Glynis Traill-Nash Fashion Editor, The Australian


Deakin Edge & Zinc, Federation Square Swanston St &, Flinders St Melbourne VIC 3000


The Australian Fashion Summit is an integral part of the Festival program, bringing together local and global thought leaders in highly collaborative event.

Speakers from a broad spectrum of industries, that all have an impact on the larger fashion landscape, converge on Melbourne in March to explore critical themes affecting the industry, share learnings, and discuss the positive and negative factors impacting the current fashion climate 

Through the exploration of shared ideas and experiences, industry decisions makers and entrepreneurs address critical contemporary themes relevant to the fashion industry and its broader social and economic circles of impact.

This is an essential event for anyone – from students to brand leaders and beyond – who is inspired and affected by the ever-evolving face of fashion.  

More speakers to be announced. 

Follow @vamff for updates. 

  • Principal Partner Virgin Australia
  • Government Partner Visit Victoria
  • Education Partner RMIT University



  • Glynis Traill-Nash
    Summit Host
    Glynis Traill-Nash Fashion Editor, The Australian
  • Laura Brown
    Just Announced
    Laura Brown Editor in Chief, Instyle USA
  • Eva Kruse
    Just Announced
    Eva Kruse CEO & President, Global Fashion Agenda & Copenhagen Fashion Summit



  • 09:30

    Welcome to Country

  • 09:35

    Summit Welcome

  • 09:45

    Summit Introduction

  • 09:50

    Our Journey Forward is Not Where We’ve Been

    A reimagined view of the Australian fashion industry’s future cultural and economic impact.

    Opening Presentation
  • 10:15

    Who Really Has Influence Today

    The serious role of criticism and humour as a tool to bridge authentic exchange between buyer and seller.

    In Conversation
  • 10:50

    Morning Tea

    Refreshments and snacks will be served.

  • 11:10

    Financing Fashion

    Designers and investors give insight into what makes a successful creative/commercial relationship.

    Panel Discussion
  • 11:40

    Redesigning Growth

    An exploration of the new principles, values and metrics by which the industry can measure success, for a better fashion future.

    Keynote Presentation & Conversation


  • 12:05

    Copenhagen Fashion Summit Micro-Panel

    Australian businesses connect with the world’s leading voice on fashion sustainability.

    Speaker: Eva Kruse
    Panel Discussion
  • 12:50

    Lunch Break

    Enjoy a healthy lunch while networking overlooking the Yarra River.

  • 13:55

    Indigenous Culture, Contemporary Creativity

    Indigenous fashion now, and how culturally respectful practices in the fashion industry can lead to wholistic benefits.

    Panel Discussion
  • 14:30

    The Role of Culture in Trade

    When brands cross borders, sensitivity to cultural nuance across social and business exchanges can define success or failure.

    Panel Discussion
  • 15:00

    Risk and Reputation

    How a brave and measured assessment of risks have built three Australian fashion success stories.

    Panel Discussion
  • 15:40

    Fashion Now, According To…

    Changing the way consumers engage with fashion, and the new-age qualities empowering the industry.

    Speaker: Laura Brown
    Keynote Presentation & Conversation
  • 16:20

    Youth Voice

    Next generation industry thought-leaders share closing thoughts of the day, and hopes for the future.

  • 16:25

    Farewell & Networking Drinks

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