Ball gown (detail), made by House of Worth, France, about 1900

Centre for Fashion

‘This museum is a treasure house filled with wonderful surprises.’
Jean Paul Gaultier, 2015

The MAAS Centre for Fashion is Australia’s first public centre for fashion excellence, giving unrivalled access to arguably the largest public fashion collection in Australia.

Working closely with local, national and international designers, and industry and tertiary partners the initiative will foster creative excellence, scholarly inquiry and public curiosity through exhibitions, interactive events, fellowships, designer residences, publications, acquisitions, programs and research.

The Centre for Fashion provides a tangible access point for exploring often abstract concepts of design, form and style. Centre for Fashion ambassadors include Kym Ellery, Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett of Romance Was Born, Kit Willow of Kit X, Catherine Baba, Collette Dinnigan, Linda Jackson, Alistair Trung and Akira Isogawa. The Centre also welcomes Founding Patron, Dr Gene Sherman.

An advisory board provides support to the initiative:

  • Lisa Chung, Advisory Board Chair and MAAS Trustee
  • Edwina McCann, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Australia and Chairman, Australian Fashion Chamber
  • Deeta Colvin, Director of Communications, Blainey North
  • Nikki Andrews, NAC Media Group
  • Professor Peter McNeil, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Dolla Merrillees, Director, MAAS
  • Peter Denham, Director Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions, MAAS
  • Arani Duggan, Head of Development and Strategic Relations, MAAS

The expertise of the Centre is extended by two of Australia’s most respected fashion and textile curators, Roger Leong and Glynis Jones, senior curators with the MAAS team.


AUSTRALIAN FASHION FUND

Extending the work of the Centre for Fashion, the Australian Fashion Fund (AFF) in partnership with donors and corporate partners is dedicated to funding initiatives to support and grow the Australian fashion sector.

The AFF works toward:

  • Securing acquisitions of Australian fashion to build the MAAS fashion collection for future generations;
  • Profiling and supporting the talent of our industry,
  • Providing an opportunity for knowledge exchange between the best international talent and our local designers and business people.

To donate to the AFF please contact our team.

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