The Report: Fashion and Human Behaviour

The Report is a blog series created to showcase the Festival's Fashion Writing finalists. Writers are sent to Arts, Ideas and Independent Runway events, to take a closer look at the diverse program beyond the runway, and explore fashion that takes us to galleries, stage, screen and more.


Adita Singh is a Fashion Merchandising student who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Passionate about issues effecting the industry and a lover of all things fashion, she can often be found catching up on the latest runways and news, or working on her writing skills; otherwise she’s enjoying Melbourne’s music scene.


Have you every wondered why you dress the way you do? Or are you someone who’s stuck in their style and wants to know how they can improve it? Perhaps you’re just a fashion fanatic who wants to know anything, and everything, about the clothes we wear.

If you see yourself as one of the people above, or simply as a regular fashion lover, then this year’s VAMFF has a special treat for you: an event run with Australian Style Institute, “When Fashion and Human Behaviour Collide: A Conversation”.

With panels featuring some of fashion’s favourites, including stylist Lana Wilkinson, designer Rosemary Masic, writer Bianca O’Neill and influencer Sophie Cachia, and moderated by Australian Style Institute’s founder Lauren Di Bartolo, this event promises to be an honest discussion on topics such as why we create fashion bias, how to find our authentic style and understanding the way we dress.

After working as a stylist in editorial and display capacities, Lauren Di Bartolo started her own styling business to help everyday people unlock their style, and this is when she became passionate about fashion and psychology. She stated that we can create barriers to our style simply through the way we think, and that she is excited to be educating people on this topic so they can open up their wardrobe to new and exciting style.

She also described how most consumers are unaware of how big an impact our psychology can have on our fashion choices, limiting our creativity in what we wear, and that understanding the processes our brain goes through when styling ourselves can open up some amazing doors for growth and evolution in our wardrobe.

Covering a range of topics and conversations, the morning will consist of two different panels with a break in between and a moderated question time afterwards. Lauren stated that the event was set up so that it feels like a masterclass for the attendees, and to ensure that they walk away having learnt something.

Offering a judgement-free perspective into the mentality behind style, this is a must-see event for any fashion enthusiast, and one that will show all attendees that the heart of every garment is made for someone, and that there is fashion out there for everyone.

All you need to bring is yourself, as the Australian Style Institute will be supply a notebook and pen for you to jot down your favourite points.

When Fashion and Human Behaviour Collide is on Saturday 3 March 2018 at the Australian Style Institute. When Fashion and Human Behaviour Collide is a participant of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Ideas Program 2018.

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