VAMFF NEWS

Australian Fashion and Arts leaders join the Board

We'd like to welcome two new board members to our Festival, former Harper’s BAZAAR editor and esteemed fashion mentor, Kellie Hush, along with experienced philanthropic director Kallie Blauhorn to join our Board of Directors, cementing our future growth and success. 

Kellie Hush and Kallie Blauhorn will join, Chairman David Briskin, Deputy Chairman Sue Lloyd-Williams, Tony Kendall, Paul Lappin, Launa Inman, Janice Breen Burns and Oliver Carton as Company Secretary. In his eighth consecutive year as Chief Executive Officer, Graeme Lewsey, also continues to contribute his unique and expansive vision to the Festival and the broader fashion industry.

Chairman David Briskin, says the Festival is honoured to welcome such well respected women from their respective fields.

“Both Kellie and Kallie are inspiring leaders and bring a wealth of experience and knowledge.  We’re looking forward to their contribution and involvement in the program for years to come,” Briskin said.

Kellie Hush

An avid supporter of the Festival during her seven-year tenure as Harper's BAZAAR editor-in-chief, Kellie stepped down in August 2018 to launch an eagerly-anticipated fashion line and wanted to remain involved with the Festival and contribute to its future success and growth.

“I was fortunate that during my time at Harper’s BAZAAR, I had a very active role in supporting the Festival. Seeing first-hand the dedication and passion that goes into making it not only the largest, but also one of the most enjoyable consumer fashion celebrations in the world, has been truly inspiring.”

With over 15 years’ experience in the social sector through her work with international philanthropic and not-for-profit organisations, Kallie’s integration onto the Board is highly anticipated.

Kallie Blauhorn

Her previous work includes roles at: Skoll Foundation (United States), Very Special Kids (Australia), The United Nations Development Programme (India) and recently, Kallie held the esteemed positions of Director of the Monash Gallery of Art and Vice President of the National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association.   

Her experience in these respected roles will add value to the Festival, particularly as it continues to expand into the Arts and Ideas sphere.

“To be recognised by my peers for my contribution to the industry is very inspiring. I’m very much looking forward to joining my fellow Board members to make the upcoming Festival one of the best yet.”

Entering our 23rd year, the 2019 Festival will run from 1-10 March. Spanning two fashion packed weekends, the program will see the addition of Australia’s first ever Australian Fashion Summit.

Working with organisations from around the world to deliver a line-up of global and local leaders in fashion, the Australian Fashion Summit will be held on Friday 8th March, kicking off with the International Women’s Day Breakfast, followed by a full day of thought leadership.

Programming for 2019 is well underway, with tickets on sale from 12 December. 

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