This week marks the opening of the inaugural Fashion Hub at the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) in the heart of Sydney – so prepare to plunge yourself into the world of fashion from a new, unique angle.
As the brainchild of gallery owner and philanthropist Dr Gene Sherman, the Fashion Hub is the first major event for SCCI, which launched in late 2017. The Hub takes the form of a two-week long celebration of fashion “within the broader context of contemporary art and culture”.
Over 30 events will run throughout the program, covering a wide range of mediums, from performance, to workshops, to films, to discussions; as well as a wide range of topics. The events have been carefully created and curated with the idea of having something for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a “top-tier” pro, an industry newbie, a student, or just a member of the general public wanting to dive deeper into the world of fashion; there’s bound to be something you’ll love.
Headlining the Hub are three internationally-renowned VIP speakers: from France, former Director of Heritage for Chanel, Emmanuel Coquery; Japanese designer and creator of fashion label minä perhonen, Akira Minagawa; and Editor-at-Large of Vogue India, Bandana Tewari.
Also running throughout the program is the Deep Dive Forum which will, unsurprisingly, dive deep into the roots of the fashion industry. Broaden your understandings with forums on everything from ethical issues, to the artistry of petites-mains – a French term literally meaning “small hands” which refers to the huge teams of seamstresses who make couture dreams into reality.
Fashion students and up-and-comers, Studio newGen is perfect for you: aimed at young people, these mostly hands-on events delve into upcycling, animation, illustration and photography. For those wanting to get into the nitty-gritty of fashion, SCCI Atelier is all about embroidery and fine details.
The Fashion Hub has been spearheaded by Dr Sherman to breach the gap between high art and fashion by demonstrating its versatility and endless possibilities, as explained on SCCI’s website: “Fashion, in particular, has lacked serious attention as a sophisticated, intellectually rich and multifaceted mode of creative expression. Through SCCI, we seek to elevate it to a more prominent position alongside other artforms, and begin a conversation that is long overdue”.
“I invariably look to forge a path and fill a perceived gap, SCCI is designed to do just that,” Dr Sherman said in a press release.
The Fashion Hub runs from April 5-21, with the majority of events at SCCI’s Paddington home at 18 Goodhope St, Paddington, and a few others at their partner locations across central Sydney – the Powerhouse Museum, AFTRS, and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.
Tickets are already selling fast, so snap up yours before you miss out! Find out more by visiting SCCI’s