Washington announced to perform at Runway 5

Fashion-tainment has become part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival's DNA, and 2019 proves to be no exception. The Festival is renowned for captivating audiences with world-class musical talent, paired with the latest show-stopping trends in beauty and fashion.

This week an unmissable entertainment line-up will deliver a program of fashion and music like never before, staging commercial and independent Australian music acts across the Festival program.

This year the festival is delighted to announce two-time ARIA Award winner, APRA Award winner and multi-platinum album selling artist Washington will be the star performer for Runway 5, Presented by Who What Wear on Friday 8th March.

Washington has been described as modern pop’s patron saint, known to reduce grown men to tears. The exhilarating performer has enchanted music listeners with her ability to tell stories that inflate the spirit. Musician Alex Cameron says of her, "Washington possesses a force. She takes emotions and handles them like embers, beautiful and untouchable, and when she blows on them they ignite."


Owl Eyes performing at the Gala Runway, Presented by David Jones


At the opening Gala Runway, presented by David Jones, the beautiful sounds of Australian recording artist Owl Eyes mesmerised and energised the runway audience, generating the perfect party atmosphere to start the runway week.

The Virgin Australia Grand Showcase will open on Wednesday 6 March with a stunning performance from singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist performing artist, Dami Im alongside acclaimed producer and Festival music director Johnny Seymour and composer Nick Wales for the stand-alone Carla Zampatti collection presentation.


Eurovision alumni and pop icon Dami Im will be performing at the Virgin Australia Grand Showcase


One of Australia’s most evocative and dynamic electronic acts, Melbourne trio Huntly will be performing at Runway 6, Presented by Fashion Journal, on Saturday 9th March.

Throughout the broader program, Festival goers will be surprised with performances of all genres. The Avalanches, Kaiit, Chela Bebe and Chunky Move performed at the Nocturnal x Melbourne Fashion event at the Melbourne Museum on Friday 1 March.

And finally, in a Festival first and set to be an unmissable crescendo, The Block Party, held in The Plaza over the final weekend (Saturday 9th March 2019 from 12noon) will stage free sets from DJs Ruby Slippers, Sunni Hart and Mell Hall.

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