The Grand Showcase at VAMFF is always one of the highlight shows of the festival, and this year’s feature designer, Dion Lee, only added to the excitement.

Fresh from presenting at NYFW, seeing the A/W 16 collection was one of the most anticipated dates in the calendar and with, it was no doubt why.

Ominous red lighting and a dramatic soundtrack set the tone for the show, before dissipating, leaving only a thin white line of light emanating from a pyramid structure at the top of the runway – opening to reveal a skeletal projection on the heritage walls.


The softest blush pink pieces opened the show, with a juxtaposition of structured tailoring and strong lines against the soft colouring. As the palate melted into midnight blue and blacks, intricate later cut detailing and scale like lace ruled the runway.

Scarlet silk pieces added sex appeal, and sherling shrugs and oversized blazers showed a new silhouette to the Dion Lee woman.

Unusual proportions and unique fabrications showcased why the technical designer is in a field of his own, with the crowd audibly gasping at some of the impossible to imagine feats.

Images courtesy of Lucas Dawson Photography


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