A highlight of the 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week program, the ‘High Fashion, High Tea’ event presented the latest in contemporary headwear whilst wining and dining racing’s most notable. Hosted by Kangan Institute, the high tea and millinery fashion show was appropriately set in the sophisticated surrounds of The Westin in Melbourne on August 27, previewing exquisite millinery designs from Kangan Institute graduates and current students.
Spoiled with three parades from Certificate 2, 3 and 4 students, the audience was dazzled with a display of diversity and uniqueness, each millinery piece designed with its own spellbinding touch. Guided by guru Melissa Jackson, students produced outstanding pieces – a culmination of hands-on training, teamwork, and the creative freedom that students experience at Kangan Institute.
Standout millinery pieces by Valerie Murphy, Rachel Henry and Brett Morley stole the show, however, there wasn’t a single look that hadn’t mastered the delicate touch and detailed eye required for millinery. Student designers wined and dined alongside avid millinery collectors, Fashions on the Field attendees and fascinator enthusiasts, with notable industry guests including Angela Menz (On Track On Trend), Kangan Institute’s own Megan Kirkham, and Catherine Ellen (The Essential Hat).
And no high tea would be complete without delectable treats; caramelised white chocolate mousse, coffee and hazelnut praline verrine, and vanilla bean and burnt buttersable were complimented by Chandon NV Sparkling Brut and free-flowing Brown Brothers Prosecco.
Year after year, Kangan Institute students ensure that the millinery art form and its treasured tradition are upheld in a proportional manner, and the 2016 ‘High Fashion, High Tea’ event proved their unmatched talent yet again.
The Fashion Advocate x