Why your attention should be on Australian Fashion Week (MBFWA) 2019

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) has started. Get in-the-know with our ultimate guide.

This week all eyes are on Australia, with the world tuning in to see the talent coming out of our sunny country. And what a grand time of year it is; fashion's elite, the best street-style stars you follow on Instagram and a handful of buyers and media from around the globe have flocked to Carriageworks in Sydney for a week of style. This year there's one small difference, the mothership company, IMG, announced the shift from the event previously held in April to kick off in May to better align our designers with the world circuit. Go us. Stay tuned here for updates, day-by-day low-downs, the official schedule and our favourite street style picks.

You might also like: A comprehensive guide to Australian Fashion Designers

See what's happening at MBFWA 2018

Which designers are at MBFWA 2019

Sunday Night, 13 May

Camilla & Marc - opening show

Monday, 14 May

SWIM showcase, Albus Lumen, Bianca Spender, Lee Mathews, Karla Spetic, Anna Quan, Thomas Puttick, Alice McCall, Double Rainbouu, Michael Lo Sordo

Tuesday, 15 May

MacGraw, Jets, We Are Kindred, Blair Archibald, MatchesFashion.com x Emilia Wickstead, Pereira Fitzgerald, Hansen & Gretel, C/MEO Collective, Thurley, Romance Was Born

Wednesday, 16 May

Acler, St. George Nextgen, Deadly Ponies, FSD: The Innovators, Mariam Seddiq, Raffles International Showcase, Roopa, I.AM.GIA, Christopher Esber, Client Liaison Deluxe Line

Thursday, 17 May

Ten Pieces, ACTIVE Showcase, Still Still Studio, Leo & Lin, Karen Walker, Justin Cassin, Akira, Camilla - closing show

~ Australian Fashion Week facts ~

  • Australian Fashion Week was founded in 1996 by PR guru Simon Lock
  • Wayne Cooper, Alex Perry and Akira Isogawa showcased collections in the debut event
  • Simon Lock sold the event to IMG in 2005
  • In 2006 the event was sponsored by Rosemount Estate wineries, name Rosemount Australian Fashion Week
  • In 2011 the sponsorship was passed back to Mercedes-Benz, who remains the current major sponsor
  • In 2013 MBFWA moved it's primary location from the Passenger terminal in Circular Quay to Carriageworks in Redfern
  • Last year the Australian fashion industry celebrated 20 years of Fashion Week

~ Frequently asked questions ~

What does MBFWA stand for? Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

Where is Australian Fashion Week held? MBFWA is primarily held at Carriageworks in Redfern, Sydney with a small number of designers hosting events offsite at locations around Sydney. Last year saw runway shows held at the iconic Iceberg's Bar and Dining with Sydney's Bondi Beach as a backdrop.

Where do I register for Fashion Week Australia? Registrations are still, click here to get your application under way.

When will the schedule/designers be announced? MBFWA list of designers and schedule is available here.

Can you volunteer to work on MBFWA? Yes. Miro House are taking applications for volunteers at this year's event.

See everything that happened at MBFWA 2017 last year

> Find a comprehensive guide to Australian fashion designers who have shown at MBFWA in previous years here.

Mia Steiber

Mia Steiber is the Editor of the Shopping section at finder. She has a serious shopping habit and an addiction to gold jewellery. Her talents include tracking down one-off or almost sold out pieces and knowing the sizing charts for just about every brand.

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