Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of the newly created Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI), Dr Gene Sherman AM, will debut the inaugural SCCI Fashion Hub 2018 programme of events in one week’s time. The programme includes stimulating talks, performances, workshops and films featuring local and international guests presented over 17 days at SCCI, MAAS and the Chauvel Cinema in Sydney.


Programme highlights include three major international speakers who are established fashion stalwarts hailing from France, Japan and India and collectively signal fashion history, design and publishing.

The opening night on Thursday 5 April co-presented with MAAS will feature a keynote address by Dr Emmanuel Coquery, Director of Exhibitions of the Grand Palais, Paris (and former Director of Heritage for CHANEL). Dr Coquery will share his perspective on fashion as a legitimate object of curation, exploring the links between fashion and art.

One of India’s foremost authorities on fashion, Bandana Tewari, Editor-at-Large of Vogue India joins the SCCI Fashion Hub for the first time in Australia to offer her insight across two days of dynamic talks as part of the Ethical Fashion programming.

Eminent Japanese designer of fashion, textiles and objects Akira Minagawa will give insight into his label Mina Perhonen, his life philosophy and inspirations in a special keynote hosted by SCCI partner venue MAAS. Minagawa-san will discuss his cross medium methodology which ranges from textile and industrial design to his celebrated interior designs. Minagawa will trace the evolution of his own iconic design language through the close ties between Japanese and Scandinavian minimalism in contemporary design.

The deep dive forums will address Ethical Fashion curated by Clare Press, Sustainability Editor-at-Large, Vogue Australia; highlight the originality and artistry of clothing through The Art of Fashion; and explore Fashion Words through conversations around style inspiration and identity.

Guests in this series include Caroline Baum, Bandana Tewari, Tara Moss, Helen Garner, Charlotte Wood, Alistair Trung, Deborah Thomas and Gabriela Tylesova in Fashion Words, Clare Press, Bianca Spender, Paul Castro and Dr Clara Vuletich in Ethical Fashion, Alison Kubler, Mella Jaarsma, Kate Scardifield, Paul Vasileff (Paolo Sebastian) and Romance Was Born in The Art of Fashion.

Fashion Business Futures are in-conversation sessions that reflect on the transformation of culture and business, led by Vogue Australia Editor, Edwina McCann and Fashion Editor of The Australian, Glynis Traill-Nash. Guest designer speakers include Karen Walker, Gail Sorronda, Kacey Devlin and Romance Was Born.

Through illustrated talks and discussions, Fashioning Men tackles the development of men’s fashion as a barometer of cultural change from the Dandy to contemporary gender aesthetics.

Collector of Japanese fashion Dr Gene Sherman is joined by Octavius La Rosa (Dot Comme) and Sebastian Suppel (Aoyama Archive) for Collectors to discuss the allure of Japanese aesthetic and their passionate engagement in collecting groundbreaking designers including Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garcons), Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto.

Women in Shadow is a performance piece by artist Nasim Nasr that draws on her personal experience as an Iranian-Australian to probe the situatedness of dressing the female form. The work is hosted at partner venue MAAS and will combine video, sound, light and contemporary dance: a runway show with a powerful play on performance.

Programmed by producers Julia Overton and Rod Freedman, SCCI’s inaugural Fashion Film event on the evening of Friday 13 April at Chauvel Cinema, is an opportunity for deep immersion in films about fashion. The Australian premiere of the feature length documentary film Manolo Blahnik: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards offers an imaginative and intimate portrait of the renowned luxury shoe designer. Ahead of this feature, there will be a screening of the short film Pointy Boots. SCCI is delighted to premiere the winning entries of the SCCI/AFTRS Future of Fashion short film competition: Who’s a Fly Bird? and The Future of Fashion is Queer, a unique VR film experience.

Dr Sherman says, “The SCCI space is dressed, the protagonists are ready and you are invited to engage whether in person, via podcast, Instagram or Google. You might like to put your finery on? You might prefer to come armed with notebook or needle. Learning satisfies and SCCI Fashion looks to open your mind.”

SCCI’s partners include Google Arts & Culture, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney, Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Ovolo Hotels, Nelson Meers Foundation, the Embassy of France in Australia and the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney.

Following the inaugural SCCI Fashion Hub in April, the first SCCI Architecture Hub will be presented in October 2018. The SCCI Fashion & Architecture Hubs will be programmed over five years from 2018 – 2022, as a platform for the exchange of challenging and engaging ideas within the broader context of contemporary art and culture.

Source: SCCI