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2016 Fashion Writing Series Mentors Announced

Another group of influential journalists have come on board to support the winners of the Fashion Writing Series, part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program, as the Series enters its second consecutive year. The panel of prominent industry experts will participate in a mentorship program that will provide the successful emerging fashion writers for 2016 with rare professional guidance, and a platform for, and exposure of, their work. With an already high calibre of mentors, and more to be announced, the selected aspiring fashion writers will surely receive invaluable advice and extraordinary opportunities.

Briony Wright

Briony Wright


Briony Wright is the Australian editor of the cutting-edge, iconic British publication i-D. i-D, which launched its online presence around the globe in 2014, highlights the best of contemporary culture, combining art, fashion, music and photography. Briony also previously spent eight years editing the local edition of Vice magazine, evolving it from a print based platform towards the immersive digital portal that it is today.


Clare Press

Marie Claire

Clare Press is Marie Claire’s fashion editor-at-large. A former features director at Vogue, she was most recently at Sunday Style, where her “Fash Fwd” column reached 1.6 million readers each week. Starting out at Oyster, Clare was once a senior writer at Rolling Stone, before working as fashion journalist for The Australian and Harper’s Bazaar. She was The Monthly’s first fashion critic and has been a columnist for Instyle. For four years, she designed her own label, Mrs Press. Clare is passionate about sustainability, and sits on the Australian advisory board of Fashion Revolution.

Janice Breen Burns

Janice Breen Burns


Janice Breen Burns is founder and editor of Voxfrock, a fashion and pop culture blogzine established in 2013. The Australian veteran journalist also boasts 19 years experience writing for Melbourne newspaper, the Age, as a renowned columnist, features writer, news reporter and fashion editor. Recognised for her deep knowledge and experience in the area, Janice is known for her honest view on fashion and is frequently invited to comment for print, online, radio and television broadcasts on industry news.

Laura Bannister

Laura Bannister


Laura Bannister is the editor in chief and co-publisher of Museum, a biannual fashion and art magazine that is stocked in some of the world’s best galleries, bookstores and concept spaces—from Colette to Dover Street Market. She has w​​ritten about the arts for numerous titles including The Last Magazine, Interview, ARTAND, Russh and i-D. Laura also creates branded magazines and digital content for major fashion and lifestyle clients

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Mitchell Oakley Smith


Mitchell Oakley Smith is a global-roaming journalist, editor, author and curator, based in NSW where he edits and publishes quarterly men’s journal Manuscript. The prominent media figure has written for various internationally renowned publications such as Architectural DigestARTAND, Belle, GQHarper’s Bazaar, The AustralianWish and Vogue Living. Mitchell is also the author of three books on art, fashion and design, including Art/Fashion in the 21st Century, which has been published in three languages.

Stay tuned – additional industry leading mentors will be revealed shortly.

If you are a budding fashion writer, ready to take the next step towards your dream career, applications for the Festival’s 2016 Fashion Writing Series are now open. To apply to participate in the Series, or for more information, head to Applications close on 2 October 2015.