Fashion Hub: Keynote talk series

Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI)

This April 5-14, #SCCIFashion2019 launches with more than 40 events open to the public. The Sherman Centre for Culture & Ideas (SCCI) has gathered 50+ of the world’s leading fashion experts in Sydney for this second iteration of its annual Fashion Hub.

From investigating human rights in contemporary fashion production, to the marketing machine that is the luxury fashion world, and onto the rapid transformation of fashion and consumption in the Asia Pacific, #SCCIFashion2019 returns this April 5-14 with a huge programme of public events including this international keynote talk series presented in partnership with Sydney Living Museums at the Museum of Sydney.

Keynote One: SOLD OUT

Angelica Cheung Keynote: China, the 21st Century Producer & Consumer

Friday 5 April 2019, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Museum of Sydney

The nature of ‘consuming’ fashion – via commerce or media – has changed irrevocably. What’s more, this phenomenon is arguably nowhere better exemplified than in contemporary China, whose booming media, social and economic landscapes, as well as its growing influence on the global stage of transnational fashion, continue to evolve. Responding to consumer demands, to changes in media practice and fashion production, contemporary China offers bold and oftentimes challenging glimpses into the future of fashion.

Join Angelica Cheung, Editor-In-Chief of Vogue China, for an intimate evening exploring these evolving complexities to open SCCI’s 2019 Fashion Hub programme.

Her keynote address will be introduced by SCCI Founder and Executive Director, Dr Gene Sherman AM.

Cheung is widely recognised as one of the most influential voices in contemporary fashion, facilitating and deepening relationships between the West and her native China. Credited with increasing Vogue China’s monthly circulation to 1.6million-and-growing, since launching the title in September 2005, Cheung’s editorship has been earmarked by Business of Fashion as “the heart of the publication’s success.”

Speaking to The Financial Times, Cheung said she has always seen Vogue China as the harbinger of a new era in this complex cultural landscape. “International titles were not giving China the respect it deserved as a market. They would syndicate and translate material from elsewhere. It dawned on me that I could create something entirely new.”


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Keynote Two:

William Ewing Keynote: Photography & Fashion, A Passionate Affair: Fashion Meets Photography

Wednesday 10 April, 2019, 6pm-10pm, Museum of Sydney

Session I:

William Ewing, esteemed curator, author and photography specialist, joins SCCI’s international guest lineup with A Passionate Affair: Fashion Meets Photography. From the stylised illustrations of 19th-century fashion plates to 20th-century society photographs, Ewing draws on the career of American artist Edward Steichen (1879-1973), among other stars of fashion photography.

Ewing’s two recent monographs foreground the artist’s achievements in this space: Edward Steichen: Lives in Photography and Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years. Generally credited with developing studio fashion photography as we know it today, in 1900 Steichen was credited with “not being satisfied showing us how a person looks, but how he thinks a person should look.” This quality, coupled with precision in lighting and experimental compositions, established an impressive legacy that continues to influence photography, fashion itself and more expansively the publishing world at large.

Session II: Snapped On The Streets of Sydney

The production and consumption of fashion photography did not escape antipodean tastemakers, as seen in The Museum of Sydney’s exhibition Street Photography: 1930-1950, which reveals an Australian eye for who wears what. Now an influential tool of fashion houses and marketing agencies, street photography was once a social record of visibility and fashionability. Curated by Sydney Living Museum’s Anna Cossu, with photomedia artist, Anne Zahalka, from a wide public call-out, Street Photography 1930-1950 brings together photographs taken on the streets of central Sydney, with images drawn from hundreds of private family albums. This extraordinary, largely unseen record of Sydney and its people is displayed alongside contemporary street photography by Anne Zahalka, capturing people on the streets of Sydney today.  Join Anna Cossu on a curator-led tour of the exhibition.

Session III: Screening: Qui Êtes-Vous, Polly Maggoo? (Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?)

End a day of indulgence in the rich history of fashion and photography with a screening of William Klein’s 1966 seminal film Qui Êtes-Vous, Polly Maggoo? (Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?). Part panegyric, part smear campaign, the film follows an unconventional hero who lacks a sustained identity – a supermodel whose greatest virtue is that people like to take her picture. As a comment on the precarious relationship between photographers, models, tastemakers and designers, Qui Êtes-Vous, Polly Maggoo? strides through the global fashion industry of the 1960s, constantly returning to its founding obsession: who are you?


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Keynote Three: 

Friday 12 April, 2019, 6.30pm-9.30pm, Museum of Sydney

Bandana Tewari Keynote: Gandhi’s Mindful Luxury

Bandana Tewari returns to SCCI as an international keynote guest in 2019. Years of reporting on global fashion from her native India allow Tewari to bring expert analysis and a connoisseur’s eye to Mahatma Gandhi’s conception of mindful luxury – a harmonious relationship between creator, designer, producer and wearer.

Session I:

“Gandhi’s relationship with clothes was profound” says Bandana Tewari. “There is no other example I could find in the history of politics that raises such an analogy between politics and clothing”. Tewari explores Gandhi’s history with dress – from his days imitating a young English dandy in the United Kingdom, to enduring racial discrimination in South Africa, and finally his return home to lead the Khadi (handmade cotton) movement. Tewari shares how Gandhi “asked India to burn all factory-made clothes and make their own, […] bringing the entire country together in protest.”

Session II: Embroidered Relations

UTS fashion and textile academics, Cecilia Heffer, Armando Chant and Alana Clifton Cunningham join Tewari onstage to speak about the October 2018 exhibition, Embroidered Relations: from India to UTS, a student-teacher collaboration with remote craftspeople in rural India. Examples of this collaboration will be on display.


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When & Where



FRIDAY 12 APRIL 2019 6.30PM–9.30PM

Museum of Sydney

Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
Museum: 02 9251 5988

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