at The Wheeler Centre

Fashion Critique: Fact or Fiction?

Fashion design is an art like any other … but serious critique is scarce, as is space to publish it.

The rise of social media has turned up the volume of talk about fashion, but is it reduced too often to ‘I like it’ (or the opposite)? What are the benefits of slowing down the discussion, to make considered assessments and arguments – in writing – rather than just sharing images with a thumbs-up or down?

With Janice Breen Burns (Voxfrock), Paris-based journalist Dana Thomas (Harper’s Bazaar, Paris), host Danielle Whitfield (NGV) and Briony Wright (i-D).

Presented in partnership with Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program’s Fashion Writing Series 2015.


Portrait of Dana Thomas

Dana Thomas

Dana Thomas is the author of the new double-biography Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano and the New York Times bestseller Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, both published by The Penguin Press. She is a contributing editor for T: The New York Times Style magazine as well as a regular contributor to Architectural Digest. She began her career writing for the Style section of the Washington Post in Washington, D.C. and from 1995 to 2011, she served as a cultural and fashion correspondent for Newsweek in Paris.

Portrait of Janice Breen Burns

Janice Breen Burns

Veteran journalist Janice Breen Burns is editor of Voxfrock, the fashion and pop culture blogzine she founded in 2013. For 19 years she was a renowned columnist, features writer, news reporter and fashion editor for Melbourne’s Age newspaper as it evolved from print to multi-platform news source.

Portrait of Danielle Whitfield

Danielle Whitfield

Danielle Whitfield is a writer and curator in the Fashion and Textiles Department at the National Gallery of Victoria. She has also published widely on the history of Australian fashion and contemporary design, including catalogue essays, scholarly articles (Berg Encyclopaedia of World Dress and Fashion) and book chapters (Australian Fashion Unstitched: The Last 60 Years), and was a contributing arts and fashion writer for Fashion Trend magazine.


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