Haute new heights for Canberra couture | The Canberra Times

International super model Anneliese Seubert (centre) is the face of Canberra's Fashfest. Photo: Katherine Griffiths

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Canberra’s inaugural fashion festival event Fashfest is set to reach haute new heights when it takes off at Canberra Airport on May 1 for four days of Champagne and couture fuelled catwalk fun.

The Canberran equivalent to the Fashion Weeks staged in Sydney and Melbourne will take place at 3 Molonglo Drive in Brindabella - the brand-new 35,000 square metre office block at the Canberra Airport.

Organisers Clinton and Andrea Hutchinson and the 30 designers involved are looking forward to taking over the modern industrial building which will be converted to five-star office accommodation in 2014.


"It’s time to shed Canberra’s big country town image. Having a world-class airport and a world-class fashion show demonstrate how far this city has come and how much it has to offer.

“The very staging of this show speaks volumes about the sophistication and maturity of our city. It says we have arrived.”

As a partner in Fashfest, Mr Bryon praised the “local Canberra entrepreneurship and vision” that was driving the event noting that while it would have a new location in 2014, it would continue to enjoy the Canberra Airport’s support.

“We are committed to Fashfest for the long haul - not just 2013 - but in in the years to come,” Mr Byron said.

Wearing a gown by local label 4 Minutes 33, Fashfest ambassador Anneliese Seubert led a procession of models through the airport’s new Western Concourse on Thursday to officially launch the event to a crowd of eager bloggers, fashion watchers and supporters.

The venue announcement comes days after it was confirmed Canberra born and raised Project Runway winner Anthony Capon will be returning home for Fashfest to showcase his wares prior to his international debut at Paris Fashion Week.  

If creativity has a name it would be Mitchell Campbelll. The menswear designer and 2012 CIT graduate is in the midst of putting the finishing touches and flourishes on his collection which will open the event on May 1.

Rather than work with a graphic designer for his label Perpetually Five, Mr Campbell engaged the help of the year two and three students at Campbell Primary School.

“The inspiration comes from the kids who played Mr Squiggle at school so I’ve incorporated their drawings of ducks, giraffes and other colourful things into the patterns of the suits, shirts and pants,” he said.

Tickets for Fashfest are available now through Moshtix.