Whimsical and wearable : Highlights from the Vault’s Upcycle Fashion Runway 
Vault's Upcycle Runway at Melbourne's Block Arcade shines during Fashion Week 2023.

Now in its second year, VAULT  - the National Trust's pre-loved designer fashion boutique, invited ten of Victoria’s fashion designers to bring new life into preloved garments and create new runway pieces raising funds for the Trust. Garments that were used to make new creations included wedding dresses, suits, raincoats and evening gowns.

Designers who rose to the challenge include Aaron Costa, Amy Cottrell, Chi Weller, Hannah Jane Maybury, Kara Baker, Kuwaii, La Guapa, Millie DeBoo, SMENA and SZN. Runway models had their make-up by Daniel Tan and hair styling by Saint Melbourne & R+Co haircare.  

The VAULT runway once again showed why this is one of the highlights of Melbourne Fashion Week. Designs that featured on the runway ranged from occasion wear, party dresses, avant-garde pieces to Y2K influenced streetwear. Highlights include the gold ruffled crop top and bioplastic skirt by Amy Cottrell and the silk corset jumpsuit by Millie Deboo. With the rise of sustainable and circular fashion, the Vault runway felt fresh, innovative and inspiring. 

The runway concluded with a soiree with models, designers, fashionistas and attendees mingling and admiring the upcycled designs up close. Garments went on sale immediately after the runway with proceeds shared between the designer and the National Trust. 

To explore the collection and purchase these pieces click here: vaultvintage.com.au

About VAULT

Located within Melbourne’s historic Block Arcade, VAULT features extraordinary couture, designer clothing and accessories carefully selected from generous donations, providing fashion lovers with stylish outfits to complement Melbourne’s seasons and events.

VAULT has an extension collection of clothing, shoes, jewellery, hats and accessories from a range of brands and labels from Europe and Australia. Their garments range as far back as 1920 through to current day pieces. With an ever-evolving display in store no two visits will feel the same. All proceeds from VAULT go towards supporting the National Trust in conserving and protecting Victoria’s natural, cultural and built heritage.   

Vault at Block Arcade, 282 Collins Street Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Words By Tinman of Aus

@tinmanofaus

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Whimsical and wearable : Highlights from the Vault’s Upcycle Fashion Runway