2017 Fashion Writing Series Mentors Announced
Returning for its third consecutive year, the Fashion Writing Series – part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Arts Program – sees another group of influential journalists come on board to support the winners of the mentorship program.
The panel of prominent industry experts will participate in a program that will provide the successful emerging fashion writers for 2017 with rare professional guidance, and a platform for, and exposure of, their work. With such a high caliber of mentors, the selected aspiring fashion writers will surely receive invaluable advice, support, and extraordinary opportunities. Introducing our 2017 Fashion Writing Series Mentors.
Freelance curator, writer, and commentator, Alison has over 20 years experience working as a curator in museums and galleries in Australia and writes for leading art journals and magazines. She worked as Arts Adviser to Senator The Hon George Brandis, SC, the Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport in 2007. As a co-director of mc/k art consulting, Alison has worked on public art commissions, curatorial projects, and publishing.
In November 2013 a book she co-authored with Mitchell Oakley-Smith entitled Art and Fashion in the Twentieth Century. She is Associate Editor of Manuscript and a regular contributor to art journals and fashion magazines such as Vault, Art Collector, Neue Luxury and the Australian Financial Review Magazine. She is a Board Director of the Museum of Brisbane, an Ambassador for the Institute of Modern Art, and an Ambassador for the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
Alison Veness-McGourty has been at the forefront of fashion journalism for the past 25 years. Currently the editor of 10 and 10 Men Australia and Creative Director-at-large for Vogue Australia, Alison has had an extensive career in fashion, beginning in the UK, working in Fleet Street for 13 years.
She returned to Australia to join ACP (now Bauer) for 11 years as editor of Harper’s Bazaar and was launch editor Grazia in 2008. She has a publishing company called AVPublishing.
Australian editor of the cutting-edge, iconic British publication i-D. i-D, which launched its online presence around the globe in 2014, highlights the best of contemporary culture, combining art, fashion, music and photography. Briony also previously spent eight years editing the local edition of Vice magazine, evolving it from a print-based platform towards the immersive digital portal that it is today.
Marie Claire’s fashion editor-at-large and Daily Life's "Sustainable Style" columnist. This is her second year as a VAMFF Fashion Writing Series mentor. Clare has spent her career writing about fashion, interviewing designers and decoding trends. As features director at Sunday Style, her “Fash Fwd” column reached 3 million readers weekly, and her interview subjects ranged from Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian to Heidi Klum and Pharrell.
One of Australia’s leading fashion journalists, Clare did five years as features director at Australian Vogue, was The Monthly‘s first fashion critic and her “Ask Mrs. Press” and “Style Matters” columns appeared in Instyle. Her byline has been everywhere from Harper’s Bazaar and Elle to The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the New York Times Magazine and more. She has frequently been on the telly, and radio, and hosted panel discussions at Australian fashion week. Clare is the author of Wardrobe Crisis, How We Went From Sunday Best to Fast Fashion (Nero) – a compelling new book about how our clothes are made, where, how and from what.
Janice Breen Burns
Veteran journalist Janice Breen Burns is editor of Voxfrock, the fashion and pop culture blogzine she founded in 2013. For 19 years she was a renowned columnist, features writer, news reporter and fashion editor for Melbourne's The Age newspaper as it evolved from a traditional print to multi-platform news source. For her deep industry knowledge and experience, she is frequently invited to comment for print, online, radio and television broadcasts on fashion related news. Janice is known to write and comment on fashion in a realistic way.
For her deep industry knowledge and experience, she is frequently invited to comment for print, online, radio and television broadcasts on fashion related news. Janice is known to write and comment on fashion in a realistic way.
Applications for the Fashion Writing Series close on September 30, 2016. Submissions can be made here.