Fast Fashion - The Dark Side of Fashion | 21 July - 9 September

What’s the true cost of that cheap bargain hanging in your wardrobe? Kicking off this month, a host of experts are joining forces to undress fashion waste. See how you can get involved!



The Goethe-Institut in Melbourne invites you to Fast Fashion – The Dark Side of Fashion, an exhibition taking a critical look behind the scenes of the fashion industry, highlighting social and ecological ramifications of the industry and consumer habits.

The fashion industry has developed a global impact. Trends change faster than the seasons, and countless high-gloss magazines report on the trend-setting wardrobes of celebrities. However, the production methods behind enticing shopfronts often remain opaque

Silk remnant dress by Georgia McCorkill, photographer Chealse Vo |   Tim Mitchell Mutilated hosiery sorted by colour photograph 2005

Silk remnant dress by Georgia McCorkill, photographer Chealse Vo | Tim Mitchell Mutilated hosiery sorted by colour photograph 2005

How can new clothes be so cheap? Who are the people producing your clothes? What impact do fast-changing fashion trends have on the environment? And what kind of responsibility do we have as consumers? All these questions are addressed in the exhibition Fast Fashion – The Dark Side of Fashion, curated by Dr. Claudia Banz at Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. As a local component, nine Melbourne-based, emerging design practitioners will propose alternative approaches to fashion in the Slow Fashion Studio.

At RMIT Gallery in Melbourne, the exhibition will open its doors to the public from 21 July to 9 September 2017. Under the slogan Fast Fashion | Slow Fashion, an extensive public program will accompany the exhibition with a selection of panel discussions, lectures and workshops.



Sustainable Fashion Futures: Pre-Opening Keynotes with Berlin-based Designer Ina Budde & Slow Fashion Expert Clare Press

19 JULY 2017 | 5.00 – 6.00 pm | RMIT Brunswick Campus

Hear from two women who have changed the way we understand sustainability in the fashion world. Ina Budde will share her research into the concept of circular fashion design while Clare Press (Wardrobe Crisis) will explain how Australians may or may not be moving towards a more ethical fashion future. 


Opening Night

20 JULY 2017 | 6.00 – 8.00 pm | RMIT Gallery

Clare Press and RMIT Gallery director Suzanne Davies celebrate the exhibition opening.


Guided Tour through the Exhibition

21 + 22 JULY 2017 | 12.00 – 1.00 pm | RMIT Gallery

Exhibition’s assistant curator Luisa Hilmer from Hamburg will guide through the exhibition. 


Change-Making Beyond the Catwalk: Panel Discussion

21 JULY 2017 | 1.00 – 2.00 pm | RMIT Gallery

Join a panel of speakers that intend to steer the fashion industry in new, more sustainable directions: Clare Press and Ina Budde will be joined by Melinda Tually of Fashion Revolution and Dave Giles-Kaye, Council of Textile and Fashion. 

Repair Fair Workshop with Courtney Holm (A.BCH) 

22 JULY 2017 | 1.00 – 3.00 pm | RMIT Gallery

Courtney will share her sewing skills whilst having a yarn about fashion that does not cost the earth. 


Fashion as Social Business: Lecture with Social Entrepreneur Sina Trinkwalder

17 AUG 2017 | 1.00 – 2.00 pm | RMIT Gallery & 22 AUG 2017 | 6.00 – 8.00 pm | Goethe-Institut Sydney

Find out about the way Sina founded Germany’s social textile business manomama, a business that provides training for those who would otherwise have difficulties on the job-market and is known for its horizontal hierarchies and its focus on local supply chains. 

Fast Forward: Fashion 2030: Meet the RMIT Designers

24 AUG 2017 | 4.00 – 6.30 pm | RMIT Gallery

In this studio-led design pop-up, RMIT students will showcase the interim results of their collaboration with Germany’s forward-thinking sustainable designer and entrepreneur Ina Budde. They will try and imagine what circular fashion practices might look like in 2030. 


Traceable Film Screening + Panel Discussion

3 SEP 2017 | 4.00 – 6.00 pm | ACMI (ticketed) 

This documentary sheds light on the increasing disconnect between production and consumption in the fast-fashion industry by focusing those people who create a garment. The film’s claims will be discussed in a panel discussion after the screening.