Mullumbimby Steiner School announces fifteenth Wearable Arts event

For everyone who wishes they could have gone to a Steiner school, where beauty and creativity are part of the curriculum, Shearwater's Wearable Arts is an opportunity to unleash your imagination (and your sewing machine, hot glue gun or maybe even your welder!).

This year marks the Mullumbimby Steiner school's fifteenth Wearable Arts event, known by staff and students as WAVE – Wearable Arts Vision in Education, and the school is calling on creatives from around Australia to enter costumes.

The title of this year's event is 'Homecoming: Labyrinth of Twists and Turns'. Entries will be assessed by a panel of independent industry judges and vie for a prize pool of almost $8,000, making the event one of Australia's largest.

Costumes, which must be relevant to one of the event's five sections, can be sewn, riveted, welded, glued, painted, collaged, knitted, woven, built and assembled from metal, leather, rubber, natural fibres, industrial waste and recycled objects. The entries are then incorporated into a highly professional choreographed production, which will take place in the Shearwater hall, in November.


According to WAVE Production Coordinator Joshua Rushton, it is always an exciting moment when the intricate and extravagant garments begin arriving at the school, where they are embraced by the student-led production, an all-singing all-dancing theatrical spectacular.

“The story is always drawn from the life of teaching and learning and is deeply concerned with the passage of students from adolescence to adulthood," sais Rushton.

A highlight of the school’s performing arts calendar, the event is also a ton of fun, with around 200 students taking on roles as musicians, actors, writers, filmmakers and editors, lighting and audio technicians, carpenters, dancers, singers, tailors, artists, set and prop designers and makers, choreographers, photographers, graphic designers, stage hands, models, judges, ushers, and caterers.

"The students’ engagement in the experience teaches them logic, consequences and cause and effect; encourages and fosters heartfelt idealism and cultivates will, so they can go into the world as responsible, confident and capable adults,” said Rushton.

The performances will take place from November 7 to 10.  All entry forms must be received by October 16. A late entry fee will apply to entry forms received after September 27. Closing date for costume entries is October 22.

See the website for section descriptions and an entry form for the 2018 event, as well as an explanation of what defines wearable art and photos and video of previous Wearable Arts performances at Shearwater. 

If you require any further information about Wearable Arts, please contact costume entry supervisor Praba Manning or phone Shearwater on (02) 6684 3223.

Talk Suite | Coming into Fashion

The Arts Centre Gold Coast is hosting an impressive talk suit to coincide with the Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast exhibition.

This full-day talk suite will see the biggest names in Australian and international fashion come together with journalists, practitioners, and thought leaders to discuss their expertise and the future of the industry. With two full panels and two intimate in-conversation sessions, the day is punctuated by a networking lunch. Talk Suite attendees will gain free entry to the exhibition and also have the chance to mingle and speak directly with the special guests at the end of the day.

Saturday 25 November | 10am – 4.30pm | Tickets $45

Talk Suite Schedule


Condé Nast, The Empire
10am – 11am
This panel will see Coming into Fashion Exhibition Curator
Natalie Herschdorfer, Exhibition Manager Todd Brandow,
Vogue Australia Deputy Editor Sophie Tedmanson, and
curator and writer Alison Kubler come together to discuss
the enduring legacy of publishing house Condé Nast.
They will dissect, critique, and celebrate the iconic images
featured in the exhibition, exchanging opinions and stories
you won’t be able to hear anywhere else. Attendees will
gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the best
artists and photographers in contemporary fashion history.

Oracle Fox Talks
11.15am – 12.15pm
Amanda Shadforth is the brains and creative genius behind
one of the world’s most recognised fashion destinations,
Oracle Fox. Alison Kubler will host this intimate in-conversation
session and together they will cover the future of fashion
photography, illustration, and what social media means for
photography. Amanda is an accomplished illustrator and artist,
and has worked as a photographer and stylist on dynamic
digital campaigns and creative projects for international luxury
brands such as Versace, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton. She
has grown Oracle Fox’s audience to its current reach of over
1.5 million people.

Lunch break with beverages and networking


Sunday Best to Fast Fashion
1.30pm – 2.30pm
How has the way we make, sell, and market clothes
changed? Listen to an illuminating (and at times alarming)
conversation with Clare Press, the highly regarded author
of Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went From Sunday Best to
Fast Fashion. Clare is the Fashion Editor-at-Large at Marie
Claire Australia, Daily Life’s Sustainable Style columnist,
and now produces the Wardrobe Crisis podcast. Hosted by
Alison Kubler, these women bring their combined wealth
of research and real-world experience to discuss the
evolution of the fashion system, from past to present, and
will discuss what they see as the future of fashion. Clare
will be available for book signings after their conversation.


Fashion and the Sartorial Gentleman
2.45pm – 3.45pm
The final session for the day will be a lively discussion
between two of fashion’s finest gentlemen, hosted by Alison
Kubler. Men in This Town began as a street style blog, and in
the past seven years Creative Director Giuseppe Santamaria
has grown the project into a magazine, book, and concept
space. Paul Hunt’s studio is in Brisbane, but he also spends
time each year sourcing fabrics and finding the inspiration for
his award-winning couture in Paris. Giuseppe and Paul both
have, and purvey, impeccable style, and this panel promises a
worldly insight into both Australian and international fashion.

After drinks and networking, the day will
conclude at 4.30pm

Talk Suite image - Sebastian Kim, Teen Vogue, January 2011 © Sebastian Kim  

Talk Suite image - Sebastian Kim, Teen Vogue, January 2011 © Sebastian Kim  

Coming into Fashion: Condé Nast fashion retrospective opens at ACGC

The highly-anticipated fashion photography retrospective Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast opens Friday at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

The greats are all here: images by Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts and Mario Testino (& more!) line the gallery walls. It's a must-see exhibition for anyone living in, or visiting the Gold Coast.

Here is what's on offer:


Opening Night | Coming into Fashion

Friday 24 November | 6pm – 9pm | Tickets $90
The opening night party is your opportunity to mingle with the style greats and get an exclusive first look at Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast. Your ticket includes flowing drinks and delicious canapés through the night, touch-ups and tips from the experts at the Garbo & Kelly Beauty Bar, and photo opportunities at the designer vogueing wall. Once you’ve taken in the exhibition, spend the rest of the night on the dance floor with live band Tesla Coils and a vinyl DJ. As an opening night guest you will gain free entry into the exhibition plus one more ticket for when you want to return later in the season.


Talk Suite | Coming into Fashion


Saturday 25 November | 10am – 4.30pm | Tickets $45
This full-day talk suite will see the biggest names in Australian and international fashion come together with journalists, practitioners, and thought leaders to discuss their expertise and the future of the industry. With two full panels and two intimate in-conversation sessions, the day is punctuated by a networking lunch. Talk Suite attendees will gain free entry to the exhibition and also have the chance to mingle and speak directly with the special guests at the end of the day.

General Admission

25 Nov 2017 until 18 Feb 2018, open daily 10am-5pm (closed Christmas Day)

Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast is a ticketed exhibition on display at Gold Coast City Gallery. With unprecedented access to the vast Condé Nast archives, this exhibition highlights the sparkling intersection between photography and fashion.


General exhibition image: Sølve Sundsbø, Love, Spring/Summer 2011© Sølve Sundsbø/Art + Commerce. Subsequent images:  Miles Aldridge, Vogue Italia, September 2002,© Miles Aldridge. Albert Watson, American Vogue, May 1977© 1977 Condé Nast. Sebastian Kim, Teen Vogue, January 2011 © Sebastian Kim Clifford Coffin, American Vogue, June 1949, © 1949 Condé Nast.

Monkey Monkey Shake Shake : A performance residency in Byron

Photograph by Sharne Wolff @sharnorama

Photograph by Sharne Wolff @sharnorama

We first became aware of Monkey Monkey Shake Shake when a large, pink ghostlike figure covered in pom poms turned up silently at our winter issue launch party at Thom Gallery.  Lingering at the door and seemingly alone, the figure was quickly ushered in and became the talk of the party. Who had invited him (it?)? We still don't have the answer. 

Now,  Lone Goat Gallery is proud to present the earth-quaking, Neo-Dada, punk-crafted explosion of Monkey Monkey Shake Shake. MMSS combine music, performance, costume, dance, art, comedy, animation and film - creating their own irresistible mythology, characters and genre-defying world. Prepare to be delighted, and slightly confused!

Monkey Monkey Shake Shake was created in 2014 when Sheldon wrote a song about a Grizzly Bear. His creative partner Sem usually animated the songs but they were sick of being stuck in the studio after a long year of completing a kids' DVD called 'Little Frog'.

So they dumped the computers, designed costumes with artist & collaborator, Myo and made themselves into live characters. They danced and filmed the Grizzly Bear song on the streets of Byron and Brisbane. Then Tokyo. Then Seoul.


There was something that crossed culture, age, sex, boundaries. People came out of their shell.

So they wrote more songs, made more costumes, and performed on more streets, at a rabbi party, a gallery in Seoul, Brisbane Powerhouse, Splendour in the Craft at Splendour in the Grass 2016-17, beaches, train stations, and AGI Open - the world's most respected design conference.

During their four-week season at Lone Goat Gallery, MMSS will present an installation, video and documentaries, workshop and live performances, turning the gallery into an open residency and studio. On any day, visitors might encounter the artists at work, rehearsing, recording, creating new works - or in their absence, the evolving residue and outcome of their activity.


EXHIBITION: August 11 until September 6 2017
OPENING AND PERFORMANCE: Saturday 12 August 4-6pm – Free


Monkey Monkey Shake Shake will collaborate with artist and costumier Myo Yim to present a Grizzly Bear Felt Hat Workshop and Grizzly Bear picnic on Saturday August 26 from 12-3pm at Lone Goat Gallery. The workshop is $65 including all materials and afternoon tea. Place limited to 25 persons.

GRIZZLY BEAR FELT HAT WORKSHOP: Saturday 26 August 12-3pm

PERFORMANCE: Saturday 26 August 4pm – Free
Hosted by artist and costumier Myo Yim
$65 per person,
25 places available
Afternoon tea supplied

IN THE STUDIO Sybil & Johnny Vintage

It is difficult to portray the authenticity of the brains behind a business, but it's hard to dispute when you realise that headquarters is a beautiful 1970s caravan that inherently smells of coffee and warm cake.

Knockrow based sisters Kirby and Clancy began Sybil & Johnny as a blog nine years ago, taking inspiration from their late mother who loved everything vintage, from clothes to travel keepsakes. S&J is now an online boutique, stocked completely with recycled clothing and accessories that they have found in thrift shops and simply not been able to leave behind.

Kirby.  Our love for vintage only grew as we began to travel the world ourselves, collecting our own keepsakes and beautiful loved up threads. Since many of the beautiful pieces we would find weren’t in our size we decided to open an online store so those beautiful vintage pieces could be appreciated by whom they did fit! It’s just too hard to leave those golden finds behind.

The fashion industry is growing daily with new up and coming designers emerging each year, which is creating an endless supply of manufactured threads. It is a complicated business, involving long and varied supply chains of production ─ material, textile manufacture, clothing construction, shipping, retail, use and ultimately disposal of the garment. When we think of pollution, we visualize coal power plants, strip-mined mountaintops and raw sewage piped into our waterways. We don’t often think of the shirts on our backs. But the overall impact the apparel industry has on our planet is quite grim.

Kirby and Clancy realised this a few years ago and despite beginning the journey with S&J for their pure love of vintage, they are aware of the severe impact that the fashion industry is having on this planet.

Kirby.  In the last few years we have seen the boom of online fashion and "cheap knockoffs" or variations of designs. Seeing so much fast fashion and mass producing really made us think how many of these products must get thrown away. We feel like shopping vintage is just one small way of making sure you’re not adding to the pile of excess fabric.

According to the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations, Australian charity op shops divert more than 300,000 tonnes of clothing and home wares from landfill each year.

Kirby.  Our parents taught us from a young age the worth of things & the value of quality over quantity, working hard to gain the things you want, and looking after those things so they last. We have both always had our own style and never really questioned it or followed particular trends. I think that’s just the way we are, I think it is important for women in this day and age to remain focused on quality garments and shop with their heart. Fashion is a way to express yourself and your beliefs. Shopping consciously will not only help out the planet but it will introduce you to all the great labels and designers that are popping up with beautiful garments.

A day at Sybil and Johnny explained by Kirby

"Sybil & Johnny days are never the same - always quite the jumble. Whenever we get the chance we try meet up at HQ together we plot out new collections of our latest finds and mainly get distracted by coffee and cakes. As we have so much stock and love to compile them into collections of pieces that complement each other, it's a never ending game of sorting. I love it, getting to play with vintage clothes and call it work! 

"We have had such a beautiful, supportive response from the community and women around us, our brand isn't just about clothing or recycling, we have a big focus on supporting fellow creatives. We think it’s important to help fellow creatives rise and grow rather than see them as competition and so far it’s been nothing but beneficial to our brand and has also landed us lots of lovely new friends that are helping spread our pre-loved message."

More Kirby & Clancy

INSTAGRAM @sybilandjohnnyvintage


Images:  Studio Sessions.  Source: Kirby Pill

Post by Liz Calligeros