The National Trust is taking centre stage at this year’s Melbourne Fashion Festival (MFF) with their treasured pre-loved designer fashion outlet, VAULT. On March 3, the iconic Block Arcade will be transformed into a runway for a glamorous and exclusive event, featuring a curated selection of vintage designer day-wear pieces, styled and presented by VAULT’s own Jack Fordham.
VAULT’s designer garments are all from collections that have been donated to the National Trust over the years, and range from iconic European and Australian luxury brands, from Giorgio Armani to Prue Acton, Issey Miyake to Elvie Hill.
The evening will include drinks, cocktails from the Elit Ultra-Premium Vodka bar, an opportunity to browse VAULT after dark, and a panel discussion chaired by fashion experts John D’Agata, Head of Luxury at Leonard Joel, and Alexia Petsinis, a journalist, editor and creative consultant. The discussion will focus on fashion, sustainability, style, and why future fashion loves vintage.
John has been a staple in the luxury fashion and jewellery industry for more than three decades, having occupied prominent positions in some of Australia’s top jewellers and retailers. Likewise, Alexia contributes to global publications such as Harper’s BAZAAR Australia, Vault Art Magazine, and Italy Segreta.
To top it off, the runway show will be followed by a competitive silent auction for every outfit shown on the night. All proceeds from VAULT contribute to supporting the National Trust in conserving and protecting Victoria’s natural, cultural and built heritage.
“Whether you are a fashion lover, history buff, or simply want to support an invaluable institution like the National Trust, you’ll find this event a highlight of the Melbourne Fashion Festival calendar, as we showcase historic, one-of-a-kind pieces and style them in a way that is completely fresh and relevant to a fashion-forward audience” says National Trust’s Executive Manager, Brand & Marketing, Brook Powell.
Tickets to the VAULT runway event can be purchased through the National Trust website, with proceeds contributing to the important work of the National Trust.