Queen B – Celeste Barber
Australian comedic and ‘everywoman’ Celeste Barber was welcomed by the Melbourne Fashion Festival in 2020 to be a speaker at the Australian Fashion Summit and to strut her stuff in the Harper’s BAZAAR Runway.
A comedian who doesn’t like to take things too seriously, Celeste has thrown a mirror to fashion and the industry has embraced her endearing irreverence.
Celeste’s walk down the runway was cheered by all, and truly was a moment where joy filled the room, bringing everyone together in celebration of fashion, self-expression and inclusivity.
Positively Positive – Ashley Graham
With inclusivity at its core, The Festival welcomed special guest, American Supermodel and body positivity advocate, Ashley Graham.
Ashley was the first ever size 14 model to pose on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swim. Since then, she’s been committed to creating a ‘new normal’ ensuring the fashion industry is reflective of how diverse the world is.
Ashley bought her vision to the 2019 Power to the Dreamers Festival and walked in Runway 4 wearing Thurley and, the now iconic, teal Jason Grech gown. Her strength and positivity was infectious and her walk undoubtedly one of the most unforgettable runway moments of the decade.
Original Girlboss – Helena Christensen
In 2011, the Melbourne Fashion Festival rolled out the red carpet for one of the original international supermodels Helena Christensen, who appeared on behalf of Specsavers in the sell-out Menswear Runway.
Bold, fierce and unstoppable, Helena stole the show, creating one of for most iconic, and photographed, Festival moments.
Helena loved the Festival so much, she visited again in 2019.
Here comes the Bridal Runway
2018 saw the emergence of an exclusive Bridal Runway featuring designers such as Jason Grech, Grace Loves Lace, Dom Bagnato, Steven Kahlil, Rachel Gilbert, Maticevski and many more to showcase the latest looks for brides and grooms.
The show concluded with a joyous moment with children of all ages running onto the runway, captivating the audience with laughter and glee.
Megan Gale for Alex Perry, what’s more iconic?
One of the most celebrated Australian models of our time, Megan Gale, created a beautiful moment walking for Alex Perry at Melbourne Fashion Festival in 2011 amongst the grandeur of the Royal Exhibition Building.
Her last runway before she ‘hung up the heels,’ Megan worked her way down a spectacular runway at the Royal Exhibition Building, sporting a beautiful, stand out red gown from Alex Perry, and receiving a standing ovation.
Talk about a Grand Showcase
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra collaborated with to create a dramatic and spectacular runway to celebrate Camilla’s 10th Anniversary in the Grand Showcase.
The world class production and opulent designs had guests on the edge of their seats, grateful to be a part of this one-off runway experience.