It’s time to celebrate fashion

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival

Brisbane’s beautifully refurbished City Hall is gearing up to host the iconic Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival from 24-29 August. The annual festival is now in its ninth year, supporting Queensland’s fashion industry by providing local designers with an opportunity to showcase their work. The fabulous runway shows and other events are timed to coincide with the arrival of the Spring/Summer stock in stores, enabling inspired consumers to purchase desired pieces straight away, rather than having to wait a season for them to arrive.

The festival highlights Australian fashion, including local and emerging designers, exhibiting the best new designs and trends to consumers, industry insiders and the media. Each year the online and media buzz created by the festival translates to sales, while the festival itself boosts the local economy through its employment of more than 300 people.

Find out more at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival’s website

Fur fashions being modelled at the Carlton Hotel, Brisbane, 1936. State Library of Queensland.

Fur fashions being modelled at the Carlton Hotel, Brisbane, 1936. State Library of Queensland.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival lecture

State Library of Queensland is playing its own part in the festival, hosting the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival lecture, Luxury and Fashion, on 26 August. Dr Nadia Buick, the fashion curator and co-director of The Fashion Archives, will examine what luxury actually means in today’s society, and discuss luxury fashion culture with an esteemed panel of experts.

Book your ticket to this free event now.

Berg Fashion Library

The Berg Fashion Library is an award-winning electronic resource available to SLQ members on our premises and offsite. It provides comprehensive information and images on clothes and fashion from around the world throughout history. The Berg Fashion Library includes the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, The Dictionary of Fashion History, an A-Z of Fashion and nearly 80 full text fashion e-books. You can also explore a colour image bank with over 7,000 images from some of the world’s leading fashion collections, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute collection. This is a fascinating and valuable resource for students and professionals in the fields of fashion and textiles, as well as those interested in anthropology, art history, cultural studies and sociology.

Access the Berg Fashion Library through SLQ’s One Search, by searching “Berg Fashion Library” or viewing the alphabetical list of databases.