VAMFF Fashion Writing

Fashion Writing Series 2015

The Fashion Writing Series is an exciting new mentorship program, which has been developed by the Festival to support the best up and coming Australian talent within the writing, journalism and blogging communities.

We’re very excited to announce the 2015 Fashion Writing Series Finalists and their mentors:

Simon Goncalves mentored by Jan Breen Burns (Voxfrock)

Simon is a Building Control Officer at the Hume City Council, and also writes for his blog “Style Stumbler“.

As Simon says “Writing has always been my preferred form of self-expression. I had always considered a career in creative writing to be somewhat unrealistic for a man of a working-class background and so pushed my desires aside for a while. This year, however, while endeavoring to explain my dissatisfaction with the appointment of Hedi Slimane as Creative Director at Saint Laurent to my colleagues at the local city council, I decided to start a blog”.

Simon will be mentored by veteran journalist Janice Breen Burns, editor of Voxfrock, the fashion and pop culture blogzine she founded in 2013. For 19 years she was a renowned columnist, features writer, news reporter and fashion editor for Melbourne’s The Age newspaper as it evolved from a traditional print, to multi-platform news source. For her deep industry knowledge and experience, she is frequently invited to comment for print, online, radio and television broadcasts on fashion related news.

Laura Gardner mentored by Yasmin Nguyen (Vault Art & Culture Preview Magazine)

Laura graduated with a degree in fashion from RMIT, and headed to London where she completed several editorial and studio internships.

“I am excited by the way fashion, art and design overlap with each other today like never before. Having lived overseas, this has given me a global perspective on fashion and editorial outcomes” says Laura.

Laura will be mentored by Yasmin Nguyen, Fashion Editor and co-founder of Vault New Art & Culture Magazine. Vault focuses on the preeminent Australian, New Zealand and broader international visual arts, with a parallel interest in fashion, architecture, food, writing and other outstanding forms of creative expression.

Hung Tran mentored by Mitchell Oakley Smith (Manuscript)

Hung has lived in Melbourne since 1997, completing an undergraduate degree in Media and Communications. Launching his blog “Antwerpsex” in early 2013, he hopes to pursue a career in the realm of fashion media, with a particular focus on advertising and writing.

“Contributing to a global conversation about fashion has always been the ultimate goal”  says Hung. “For me, specifically, this mentorship will allow further movement into my local industry, one that is nascent but rapidly growing. There’s so much to say about Australia’s fashion industry. We aren’t just surf and sports”.

Hung’s mentor, Mitchell Oakley Smith is a global-roaming journalist, editor and author. He has written for Architectural Digest, ARTAND, Art Monthly, Belle, CNN, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Monument, The Australian, Wish and Vogue Living, and edits and publishes quarterly men’s journal Manuscript.

Kathryn Carter mentored by Dana Thomas (Harper’s BAZAAR France)

A writer from Melbourne, Kathryn loves books, fashion and documenting all the arbitrary thoughts that pop into her head. She decided from a young age that she wanted to image for a living.

As Kathryn puts it, “Not long after I learned to hold a crayon, I began to write stories. Not long after I learned how to dress myself, I began to style clothes. I learned at a young age that to write is to express yourself, and to dress is to project yourself.”

Kathryn will be mentored by Dana Thomas, the author of the New York Times bestseller, Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, published by The Penguin Press in 2007, and contributing editor for T: The New York Times Style Magazine.  She has also written for the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, WSJ, the Financial Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Architectural Digest and Elle Décor and was the European editor of Condé Nast Portfolio.

Congratulations again to all our Finalists!