Spirit of the Black Dress is a fantastic fashion and sustainability initiative supported by a group of some of Australia’s most well known fashion industry figures, including Jane HayesPhoebe GarlandJenny BannisterPhilip BoonSarah Gale and Kyra Pybus. Last night was the Spirit of the Black Dress Gala Event held at The Trust Melbourne. The night was split into two sections, a delightful gala event where guests were delightfully dressed (so lovely – the venue was just stunning) and a runway show.


Heading into its fourth year, Spirit showcases some of Australia’s most talented and exciting designers. This year was no exception with the top 10 winning designer for 2012 (Christina Exie, Gabriella Ferrante, Emmarose Kinsman, Lisa Taranto, Bhalo, Berri Drum, Sonya Kraan, Bento, Jessica Robertson and Kate Aikins) all displaying innovative style and design.


A wonderful initiative where only certain designers are chosen for their work in sustainability amongst other creative aptitudes, however we wish we could comment on the runway and the clothes in greater detail. The clothes as lovely as they are, were difficult to see from our vantage point. Behind the seated area was the photographers pit, behind that was the standing area (where Couturing was placed), which was a shame as seeing the apparel was almost impossible, let alone seeing the short film – so it’s unfortunate we cannot comment on these wonderful designers. Thankfully our photographer had prime position and got some lovely snaps which we hope you’ll enjoy.

Lisa wears Cathleen Jia gown and Camilla James Atomic Fringe earrings from Lady Moors lover.

Thom wears Staple the label hydrangea blazer from Fame Agenda and Versace clutch.


Philip Boon, Kyra Pybus, Jenny Bannister and Phoebe Garland.


Iolanthe Gabrie and husband Anthony.


Sarah Conners with Shiva Singham.


Lisa and Thom with James of Ravishing Retail.






















Photography by Wanda Chin for Couturing

About The Author

Lisa Teh

Lisa Teh is the Editor-in-chief of Couturing.com, one of Australia's top fashion, beauty and lifestyle resources. She has worked on campaigns with brands including David Jones, Myer, Mecca Cosmetica, Simone Perele, Lenovo and L'Oreal. She recently appeared in Couturing's exclusive Australian Fashion Week reality web series, The Frow, alongside top industry names including Toni Maticevski and Maybelline Creative Director Nigel Stanislaus.

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