Australia’s premier fashion event, slated for early May at Sydney’s Carriageworks, has been cancelled.

Following a slew of cancellations of major events locally and all over the world, the major Australian event that showcases our fashion industry to the world has taken the same path.

Natalie Xenita, Executive Director of IMG’s fashion events group for the Asia-Pacific region, commented:

“Due to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC)’s mandate against holding non-essential, organised public gatherings of more than 500 people in light of global health concerns regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), we regret to share that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2020 will not take place.”

“We thank our incredible designers, producers, partners and staff for their support of the Australian fashion community and look forward to celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2021.”

The event also attracts a tribe on global fashion buyers, influencers, retailers and media.

There will be no postponement but instead total cancellation, the next fashion week will not be happening until 2021.