Happenings, events, exhibitions and talks for design savvy Sydney-siders

– find inspiration from global creatives and connections with like minded locals –

Smoke & Mirrors

14-18 March 2019

Over an incredibly short period this March, industrial designer, Lee Broom, will transform over 400 square metres of Space Furniture’s carpark in Alexandria into a Kubrickian set twinkling with his lauded lighting, furniture and accessory designs in a mirrored setting.

Inspired by the British pleasure gardens of the 18th century featuring mazes, miniature waterways, art, architecture, music and illuminations, Broom’s modernist interpretation aims to entertain by creating a sense of escapism and drama. Submerge yourself.

Date: 14-18 March

Venue: Space Furniture, 84 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria

Time: 10.00am-5.00pm daily

Cost: Free

Two Design Lovers Top Drawer March Lee Broom at Space
Lee Broom installation

Strike a Pose

5-14 April 2019

Calling all Vogue-ers… At the SCCI Fashion Hub, leading commentators on contemporary and historical fashion plus disruptors reimagining the politics of dressing and the changing eco-conscious nature of the industry. 

SCCI, the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas in Paddington, presents two programs a year: one based around fashion, and another around architecture. Next month’s fashion program will bring in more than 50 world-leading fashion influencers from Australia, the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Europe.

More than 40 seminars, workshops, films and children’s programs will take place across multiple venues in Sydney. In addition to the headlining keynote addresses, panel discussions featuring local and international speakers survey how the digital in fashion publishing, photography and retailing has challenged conceptions of craftsmanship, disrupted sartorial approaches and accommodated consumer demands.

Such a fantastic programme all round. Here are Top Drawer’s Top 3 picks –

1. Fanny Moizant, Co-Founder and President of Vestiaire Collective, Monday 8 April, 6.30pm.
The French-based Vestiaire Collective, a dedicated platform for fashion lovers to buy and sell their pre-loved stylish and authenticated luxe designer pieces (think Tank Must Cartier watch or a classic 1970’s Hermès leather belt) launched an Australian platform last year allowing you to buy (and sell) genuine luxury goods. Much like we do on our website, it aligns the designer greats with desirable prices and inspires people to invest in vintage and pre-used products with long-lasting appeal. Hear Moizant talk about founding her business that now serves a staggering community of over six million global users. 

Date: Monday 8 April 2019, 6.30pm

Where: AFTRS Theatre, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Tickets: A free event that requires pre-registration. Contact ticketing@scci.org.au

2. Art & Fashion panel discussion:

  • Session I:
    Fashion Beyond Fabric

    • VAULT (Australasian Art & Culture) magazine’s Alison Kubler explores how contemporary artists engage with fashion both conceptually and commercially. Kubler is joined by contemporary artist and sculptor, Alex Seton, paper engineer Benja Harney and photomedia artist and costumier, Gerwyn Davies, to explore relationships between clothing and diverse creative practices.
  • Session II:
    Creative Couples In Conversation

    • Jackie Frank, former Editor-In-Chief, Marie Claire, chairs an In-Conversation celebrating the work of creative pairs Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy of Dinosaur Designs, together with VAULT’s Alison Kubler and her artist partner, Michael Zavros. Irrespective of differences in process and practice, the combined work of each pair attests to the ways in which collaboration enlivens the act of creation.

Date: Tuesday 9 April 2019, 6.30 – 9pm

Where: SSCI, 20 Goodhope Street, Paddington

Tickets: A free event that requires pre-registration. Contact ticketing@scci.org.au

3. Connecting Through Craft, Saturday April 14, 2-4pm. Free, pre-booking essential.

“Scrutiny of craftsmanship and artisanal processes are rightly garnering attention. Traditional craftsmanship is now enjoying an increasingly exalted position in the firmament of sustainable and ethical fashion. Craft has had a rich history; what is its future?”

Session I: Crafting Social Justice

Minimising the harmful impact of large-scale fashion production, forward-thinking fashion houses are gradually embracing traditional processes and techniques as a corrective measure. Moderated by Caroline Baum, SCCI 2019 Fashion Hub international guests, Bandana Tewari and Sharon Tal, share their experiences working in tandem with traditional craftspeople, highlighting the important role such individuals can play in supporting and sustaining communities.

Session II: Weaving The Social Fabric

Artist Grace Lillian Lee draws inspiration from her Islander heritage, both in her personal weaving practice and collaborative work with remote Indigenous communities. Lee’s fashion performances are instrumental in engaging young people from remote areas, providing them with opportunities to create and take pride in their shared culture. Join Lee as she explores the power of textiles in developing a sophisticated and unique Indigenous visual culture.

Date: 14 April 2019, 2-4pm

Tickets: A free event that requires pre-registration. Contact ticketing@scci.org.au

For full event details:

Event: SCCI Fashion Hub

Date:  5-14 April 2019

Cost:  Many events are free with pre-registration essential. Check the SCCI programme for further details.

Venues and bookings: see the SCCI webpage for detailed event information and bookings

Two Design Lovers Top Drawer March April SCCI event
Connecting Through Craft – Bandawana Tewari at SCCI


12 April 2019

Get a fix of the New York jazz scene this April in Waterloo. Syd’Side Trio, the Sydney based band, will be invigorating the ivories and blowing the brass, mixing famous strands, some mellow blues and a selection of latin songs whilst you sip on swanky speakeasy cocktails (all $10) and the smoothest of whiskies.

Best of all, the jazz night is a fundraiser for the local charity group Freedom Hub who we support ourselves. It helps people who have experienced human trafficking and slavery within Australia (predominantly women and children) by running a Survivor School for rehabilitation, training and education. Through one-to-one mentoring, encouragement and supported learning, survivors can feel valued and re-establish trust in others again.

The charity also operates a cafe and event warehouse venue for hire to raise revenue to support their operations, which is where the jazz night will take place with 100% profits supporting their Survivor School. It’s a one-night only event for April (the first gig for Freedom Hub in February sold out, so get your tickets!).

Date: 12 April

Where: The Freedom Hub, 283 Young St, Waterloo

Time: 6.30-10.30pm

Cost: $25, get tickets here

Two design Lovers Top Drawer April 2019 Freedom Hub jazz
Syd’Side Trio at the Freedom Hub
Top Drawer Cover Image – SCCI event, Art & Fashion, “Fashion Beyond Fabric”, Gerwyn Davies

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