Article by Amy Price courtesy of the Courier Mail.
Brisbane Fashion Festival has unveiled an expanded new program of glamorous off-site events and runway shows, set to take place inside a mammoth clear marquee in King George Square.
Offsite events headlined by jeweller Margot McKinney will add a new sparkle to the Brisbane Fashion Festival when it takes over the heart of the city in August.
The expanded program, unveiled on Wednesday, will showcase the work of 50 local and national designers across three runway shows, set to take place this year inside a new custom-built clear marquee at King George Square.
The shows will be joined by a new “off the runway” program, including a series of Margot McKinney High Teas hosted by the Museum of Brisbane and the retail driven Fashion Friday, offering styling workshops and giveaways on the Queen St Mall.
It comes as Gina Rinehart throws her support behind the festival for the first time, presenting the Hancock Prospecting Next Gen Group Show, which will be opened by Myrrdah and Jarawee in a bid to celebrate First Nations fashion and creativity.
Theirs will be among the 400 new season designs on show inside the 30 metre clear marquee, which will fit up to 600 people each night.
“We are proud to release our program for Brisbane Fashion Festival 2022,” said festival director Lindsay Bennett.
“With a packed five-day program featuring the best in local and national fashion design, both on and off the runway, this year’s festival promises exciting events and plenty of new-season style inspiration for fashion fans; as well as a world-class platform to support our fashion industry, and celebrate our city of Brisbane.”
The program will begin with the Treasury Brisbane Fashion Show, featuring some of the country’s biggest retailers including Ginger & Smart, Carla Zampatti, Bianca Spender, Calibre, Oroton, Paul Hunt, Samantha Ogilvie, Camargue, Morrison and Gail Sorronda.
The finale show on Thursday will showcase Queensland’s most-loved designers and retailers, including Calexico + Calexico Man, Gina Kim, Palma Martîn, Urbbana, Sonia Stradiotto Couture, Naudic, White Label Noba, Moreno Marcos, Sacha Drake, Girl and the Sun, Astille, and Wil Valor.
The World of Wonder: Margot McKinney High Tea will be held on August 25 and 26 featuring some of the world’s rarest gems.
Tickets are on sale from Wednesday, 1 June via brisbanefashionfestival.com and priced from $55.00 – with $1 from every ticket to be donated to The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust.