Centre for Fashion - Events

Annual Fashion Parade

Visual mechanising students are involved in various events throughout the year. The annual Fashion Parade held in December each year gives students the opportunity to showcase their hard work in front of an eager and excited audience.

Visual mechanising students in particular have opportunity to provide a creative concept for the parade theme, invitation, gift bag, multimedia elements and display. This is a chance to draw upon the multitude of skills learned throughout the year and apply them to a real-world event.

Regent Theatre Charity Event - Heavenly Gala Ball

Visual mechanising students have been involved in creating a static display to support the Catholic Care "Heavenly Gala Ball" event. The project involved a site visit (in order to understand the space and atmosphere of which the display would be related to), along with meeting the client and event staff to discuss the logistics of the event.

As a result the students responded to a briefand created the props and elaborate dresses for the specifics of the display, followed by the actual installation of the display.

Angela Paterno-Smith, Corporate Relations and Events Manager, had the following to say about her experience with Kangan Institute's visual merchandising students:

"I wanted to congratulate you and the students on creating the theming for the evening. The display was aesthetically stunning and the design was excellent. The display showcased the theme brilliantly, providing the arriving guests with a taste of what to expect on the evening and setting the standard.

The colour choice and structure (which included the two mannequins, harp and cloud) was perfect and the harpist (entertainment) was chosen to reflect the display. Therefore, your design influenced the entertainment and also added to the ambience of The Plaza Ballroom.

Many guests chose to have their photo taken in front of the display. This confirmed that the display was the focal point of the evening and the wings and halos were an added bonus.

Your students focused on the theme well and fulfilled the brief perfectly. We wish to thank you for your work and look forward to a continued rewarding association with Kangan Institute."

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Students have in the past been invited to create installations directed at women at various racing events. These include, but are not limited to:

The Moonee Valley Ladies Luncheon/Tea Party -- Spring Racing Event 2010

Students created display concepts in response to a brief. A final concept was selected and created by all students in the Kangan Institute VM studio in Richmond. Select students were also responsible for installing the display at the event venue, to enormous praise from attendees.

"Green is the new Black" event for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2011.

This event was held at the Queen Victoria Women's Centre on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Students were provided with a brief and after workshopping the various directions the display could go, a Cherry and Apple blossom static display was created for the foyer of the event venue. Students successfully worked together as team to create and install this display to a deadline.