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The Royal Botanic Runway

Fashion meets nature at The Royal Botanic Gardens

Iconic [ʌɪˈkɒnɪk] adjective – relating to or of the nature of an icon

Iconic is a word that should be used sparingly. Careful consideration is needed when describing a space, object or design as being iconic. Iconic is timeless, with appeal and popularity that outlasts any fad or craze. One of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks is The Royal Botanic Gardens. Commonly known as ‘the tan’ or ‘the bot’, it’s one of Melbourne’s truly classic locations. Not only does it hold an impressive running track for all ages and levels on the outside, but there is plenty of beauty inside with stunning fauna and flora compositions, hosting the moonlight cinema and various live performances at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Iconic landmarks don’t necessary have to drastically change with the modern times, rather it effortless adapts. On Thursday the 30th of January 2014, The Royal Botanic Gardens will adapt into something truly special – an open air fashion runway.  The Guilfoyle’s Volcano in the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens will host its first ever Royal Botanic Runway. Collections from Aurelio Costarella, Collette Dinnigan, Martin Grant and Akira Isogawa, will be shown in a perfect summer setting. It’s a combination of fashion, environment and art all playing out over the perfect back drop – Melbourne’s city skyline. 

It’s not all just about fashion, as the key cornerstone to this event is the awareness of conservation, water management and climate.  All proceeds will be going towards raising $3.5 million to drought-proof the The Royal Botanic Gardens by removing the need for irrigation and improving drinking water. It’s an opportunity to see the cross connections of fashion and conservation equally playing a part to ensure the iconic space of the Royal Botanic Gardens remains in its current glory for another 100 years. It’s also a special experience to witness some of Australia’s brightest talents showcasing their works up close in a simply stunning garden environment. Rare moments do come and go and this would be shame if you let it slip by.

The Royal Botanic Runway will run on the 30 January 2014 at the Guilfoyle’s Volcano. Doors will open at 4pm with the show starting at 5:30pm. 

Tickets start at $28 [plus booking fee] for general admission, however if you’re keen to kick on, at $45 [plus booking fee] will see you get an admission ticket to the runway and then lawn seating for the set Moonlight Cinema screening.

Pre-order your Botanic Runway Picnic Box – $18 from Cafe Vue (03) 9691-3899.

More information about the The Royal Botanic Runway can be found here


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