The program is designed to open up conversations about opportunities for fashion in Vietnam. Each day explores a different theme inviting participants to contribute through formal presentations, world caféstyle events and informal get-togethers. At night, there will be various dinner party options to encourage lively discussion and sampling of local food. There will be opportunities to visit local designers and manufacturers. Morning sessions will be held at RMIT University, District 7. Afternoon sessions will be in a scholarly café style at various locations across Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 1 - Creativity
What are the opportunities for Vietnam as an emerging creative economy? What does fashion look like in Vietnam?
Presentations will include the first survey of contemporary Vietnamese style by leading fashion media entrepreneur Hi Chi Huong Tran. Hi Chi is Chairwoman of Sun Flower Media and representative of magazines including Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam. Lanvy Ngygen from Fashion4Freedom will also make a presentation on her vanguard work related to social enterprise and the evolution of traditional crafts in to contemporary practice.
Activities will include the launch of Made in Vietnam ‘36 Hour Shirt Challenge’ where participants are invited to explore different methods for sourcing a shirt designed and made in Vietnam. Options include workshops, local tailors, retail outlets, and visits to local markets.
DAY 2 - Connecting with Industry
What is different about producing in Vietnam? How can designers work with the unique manufacturing opportunities that Vietnam offers? How is manufacturing changing to meet the demands of the creative economy?
Presentations will include manufacturers representing the Australian Wool Innovation project - Out Of Vietnam - which is developing a sustainable local supply chain and in turn expanding its current manufacturing market by introducing Australian wool into the pipeline.
The ‘Girl from Ipa-Nima’ Christina Yue will share the development of her handbag enterprise that in addition to her signature stores in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, includes lines designed for international labels such as Shanghai Tang, G.O.D (Goods Of Desire), and Anteprima.
DAY 3 – Growing the Future
How do we support emerging designers in Vietnam? How can education contribute to the growth of the local design and manufacturing industry?
The ‘Young Women in Fashion’ event will focus on developing roundtable discussions with young fashion designers and students from local and international universities. There will opportunities to view local designs and manufacturers product in a showcase event.
Registration is free but subject to availability. Please register here to secure your place at the event: https://fashioncolloquia2016.eventbrite.com.au