The fashion industry is one of the world's biggest problems. It's worth 1.5 trillion dollars per year, it's the second most polluting industry...

Killer Clothes: How to Stand Up to Fast Fashion


Museum of Contemporary Art
2000 NSW

Killer Clothes: How to Stand Up to Fast Fashion


Celeste Tesoriero

Celeste Tesoriero

Designer, Celeste Tesoriero

In 2012, Celeste Tesoriero launched her eponymous label and immediately garnered local and international attention, gaining over 20 retailers in her first season, and fast cementing her status as an emerging designer with enormous potential.

Japanese-inspired silhouettes, artistic prints, and natural fabrications are woven together with Celeste’s relaxed Australian aesthetic.

Passionate to produce sustainable and ethically without compromising style makes her work evidently carefully curated and a stand-out among her peers.

Already a cult favourite among the fashion set, Celeste Tesoriero is featured in Vogue Australia, Elle Girl Japan, Elle Australia, Harper’s Bazaar, Russh, Oyster, Yen, and more.

2015 and 2016 award nominations include: WGSN Global Fashion Breakthrough Talent Award, International Woolmark Prize, Tiffany & Co. National Designer Award, designer award and the Prix De Marie Claire Fashion With Heart Award.

Dane O'Shanassy

Dane O'Shanassy

General Manager of Patagonia Australia

As general Manager for Patagonia Australia, Dane aims to bring the brand to a mainstream audience in the Australian market and to share Patagonia's mission and values.

Patagonia's mission is to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and to use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.

Patagonia wants to be in business for the long term, and a healthy planet is necessary for healthy business. Patagonia wants to act responsibly, live within their means and leave behind not only a habitable planet, but an Earth whose beauty and biodiversity is protected for those who come after them.

Sascha Callaghan

Sascha Callaghan

Ethicist at the University of Sydney

Sascha Callaghan is a lecturer in bioethics and health law at the University of Sydney. She has spent many years thinking, writing, and talking about the ethics of medical and social approaches to the way we live our lives in academic journals, as well as in the general media, including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Drum, the Project, ABC radio, and more.

In her day job, Sascha teaches courses in bioethics, law and society, and neuro-ethics.

She also spends quite a lot of time thinking about fashion.

Kate Bielenberg

Kate Bielenberg

Brand Manager at Cue

Kate Bielenberg has worked in the fashion industry for over 20 years, and has a wealth of experience spanning retail, visual merchandising and brand management.

She currently works as Brand Manager for Cue, where her role sees her working closely with design, production and retail operations.

Kate is a passionate advocate of the Australian fashion industry.

Event Details

The fashion industry is one of the world's biggest problems. It's worth 1.5 trillion dollars per year, it's the second most polluting industry in the world after oil, and it's responsible for countless human rights violations.

Killer Clothes: How to Stand Up to Fast Fashion is about discussing the major issues of the fashion industry, how fashion industry heavyweights are solving them, and the solutions we can all apply to our shopping habits, because, unlike other huge problems in the world, the fashion industry affects us all every day: when we stand pantless, in front of the many pairs of pants in our wardrobe, complaining we don’t have any pants; when we go swimming and discover the elastic in our on-trend bikini isn’t as robust as it should be; or when our so-hot-right-now denim flares become so-not-hot-right-now denim flares before we even have the chance to look hot in them.

Ethicist Sascha Callaghan, renowned Australian designer Celeste Tesoriero, General Manager of Patagonia Australia, Dane O'Shanassy, and Brand Manager of Cue, Kate Bielenberg, will discuss the challenges, the ways they are solving them, and the strategies we can adopt to stand up to fast fashion.

Come along to hear leaders of the fashion industry unpack complex environmental and ethical issues, to learn about how consumers make decisions and how consumer habits can be changed, and to be part of a good, old-fashioned, in-depth discussion about a really interesting topic. 

If you need any more convincing, there will also be goodie bags.

Presented by Well Made Clothes.

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