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Another First for FASHFEST!

Kid’s modelling auditions for FASHFEST will be held this Sunday, 10 September at Hotel QT Canberra from 2 – 5pm.

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FASHFEST 2016. Photo by Wearefoundau

Showcasing kids’ fashions from Braddon boutique Tip, You’re It!, and new kids’ label NOMIKO, over two shows on 28 and 30 September respectively.

FASHFEST is looking for around 20 children aged from 4 to 10 years who are confident enough to walk the long runway in front of a large audience with the background music and lighting that FASHFEST puts on.  At the audition, the kids will have their height measured, be allocated a number, and walk the runway a few times with the aim being fun for everyone. All children will be supported by FASHFEST volunteers.

thumbnail_NOMIKO_Photo by Anita Entriken

FASHFEST 2016. Photo by Anita Entriken

Kids selected will be required to attend dress rehearsals, attend a fitting by the designers, and be photographed and captured on video to be used on the FASHFEST website.

Registrations are essential, and you can register your child to audition via the FASHFEST website.

thumbnail_NOMIKO_Photo by Doug Hall

FASHFEST 2016. Photo by Doug Hall

Walking the Walk at FASHFEST 2017 Model Casting

It’s the shoes that fascinate me. I’m impressed (and not to say envious) by the towering, tapering heels, and the fact that the female models manage to stay upright let alone walk a catwalk in front of four judges! That’s got to get them brownie points!


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FASHFEST model casting got underway at the National Convention Centre on Sunday 4 June with over 400 registrations and over 250 hopefuls on the catwalk. Judging panel Victoria’s Models, Haus Models, Leighton Hutchinson Photography, and Devojka Models had their work cut out to select around 100 models to showcase designer brands and new collections at FASHFEST 2017 in September.

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The great thing about FASHFEST is that models of all sizes, shapes, genders, and ethnicity are welcome—not just your sixers … female, size 6, 6 feet tall, and to that end there is usually a good choice for designers to choose who they think can best wear their outfits.

The judging panel were looking for confidence in the walk, creativity and style, and diversity, as the models walked to a thumping beat designed to keep everyone energised. And, strangely enough, when I get up to move to the back of the room I too found myself walking to the beat.

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FASHFEST is now in its fifth year and co-founder, Clint Hutchinson, says it’s going to be bigger and better this year with more live music, art, film and multimedia, and FASHFEST is also on the hunt for new labels from both interstate and overseas—so maybe lots of new designers too. FASHFEST is also expanding its publicity wagon with up-coming pop-ups and activations throughout the city. Stay tuned!

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Learning to walk-the-walk

Back to the model casting they learn to walk-the-walk in groups, pairs, and solo, under the tutelage of Susie Ellis, Director of Choreography; get head shots by the FASHFEST crew, and measured up by Braddon Tailors. Those chosen will have a few months to practise and perfect their walk and poses, and then be assigned to a designer. Good luck to all those who tried out!

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Selfie time!

FASHFEST 2017 will be held at the National Convention Centre from 28 – 30 September with two shows each night. Tickets on sale soon.

Many thanks to Sparkling Weddings Photography for images.

FASHFEST Model Casting Smashes Record!

This year’s model casting has smashed a record for Canberra with more than 470 models already applying to strut their stuff on the catwalk at the capital’s largest red carpet fashion event. The number of registrants continues to grow, surpassing last year’s record of 300 by a long stretch.Mdel casting tile 2

Diversity has always been important to FASHFEST and this year is no different. FASHFEST is on the lookout for male and female models of different ages and ethnic backgrounds. At last year’s event, Red Corner Boxing was looking for athletic models, Karen Lee required a mature look and Prodigal Daughter and Hana Apparel Design selected models that helped them celebrate the ethnic diversity of their designs (Africa and the Middle East).

This year’s judging panel features:

  • Hayley O’Neill, a Sydney-based stylist and Fashion Office Coordinator at Marie Claire Australia, who originally hails from Canberra.
  • Robert Coppa, an internationally renowned fashion photographer who has been behind the lens for 12 years.
  • Victoria Schnable, owner of Victoria’s Models, Canberra’s longest running agency.
  • Tina Nikolovski, a photographer and now director of Canberra’s newest modelling agency, Devojka Models, established in 2015.
  • Andrea Hutchinson, Managing Director of HAUS Models, herself former model from Switzerland.

    2015 model hopefuls 'walking the walk' - image by www.cumminsphoto.com.au

    2015 model hopefuls ‘walking the walk’ – image by http://www.cumminsphoto.com.au

The casting is a relaxed day full of selfies and fun with music by DJ Hamish Lardi, who has built his profile playing iconic Canberra events and nightlife venues, NeonHoney, a Canberra-based singer-songwriter, and Ashley Feraude, FASHFEST’s official music director, a DJ and music producer who operates under the alias Magnifik.

“The music will give the models a taste of what they can expect at the live shows. It is also about keeping the energy up so the models can feel good and do their best,” says Ashley.

This open casting is available to all models 16 years of age and above. It will be held from 10am on Sunday 22 May at the National Convention Centre, a major FASHFEST partner.

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