They may be on a catwalk, but dogs are likely to steal the show at Kangan Institute's 2020VISION fashion parade next month.
A collection of student designed dog coats will be showcased to honour the work of Guide Dogs Victoria.
A collection of jackets featuring tactile, accessible and sensory elements modelled by clients of Guide Dogs Victoria will also be among the highlights.
More than 60 fashion design, millinery, hair and beauty students will present over 70 looks depicting their vision for future Australian fashion.
Part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival's Independent Runway Program, 2020VISION will include:
An accessible collection developed in collaboration with Guide Dogs Victoria
This collection will include four jackets featuring tactile, accessible and sensory elements created for and modelled by clients of Guide Dogs Victoria at the show.
A special dog coat runway
Modelled by ambassador dogs from Guide Dogs Victoria, this runway will showcase three student designed dog coats.
A sustainable, upcycled collection
This collection was designed based on the philosophy of reduce, reuse and recycle. Designs were made using pre-loved donated garments and textiles, as well as other sustainable fabrics.
Graduate and student collections
This segment will feature the crème de la crème of Kangan Institute's Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design & Merchandising (MST60116) 2019 graduate cohort. It will also showcase looks from diploma, Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools and millinery students depicting the future of Australian fashion.
Kangan Institute's CEO Sally Curtain said the show will present the aspirations of the next generation of fashion leaders.
"The show's theme, 2020VISION, says it all. Our creative industries students have been working hard to create unique looks that reflect their vision for the future of Australian fashion design," she said.
"The accessible and sustainable collections, in particular, demonstrate our students' desire to lead a socially and environmentally positive change in the fashion industry.
"The training and guidance that our students have received from their teachers have played a big part in inspiring this show, and I encourage anyone interested in fashion and creative industries to join us at this special event."
Guide Dogs Victoria's CEO Karen Hayes said collaborating with Kangan Institute on an accessible segment provided fashion students and the wider community with meaningful insights into inclusive design.
"We are thrilled to partner with Kangan Institute for their 2020VISION fashion show. These one of a kind garments promote, and teach fashion students the importance of accessibility and inclusion in design," she said.
"By having Guide Dogs Victoria clients proudly wear the designs down the runway, it also creates visibility, inclusion and access for people with low vision and blindness at major events like VAMFF.
"I can't wait to see the designs come down the runway and also very excited to see our ambassador dogs on the 'dogwalk' too."
Tickets for 2020VISION are on sale at bit.ly/KanganFashion2020. This includes complimentary food and beverage prepared by Kangan Institute's bakery, hospitality and cookery students.
Wednesday 4 March 2020, from 6pm
135-157 Racecourse Rd, Kensington VIC 3031
Media welcome to attend a photo opportunity – please contact Kangan Institute's Stakeholder Relations and Communications Specialist Stephanie Yap on email@example.com.
About Kangan Institute
Kangan Institute is a division of Bendigo Kangan Institute, one of Australia's largest TAFE providers. Through campuses in Broadmeadows, Docklands, Richmond, Moonee Ponds and Essendon, Kangan Institute provides training services to students, industries and businesses throughout metropolitan Melbourne and beyond.
Fashion courses are offered at Kangan Institute's Centre of Fashion and Creative Industries in Richmond. Programs include fashion design, millinery, hair, barbering and beauty.
Visit kangan.edu.au for more details.