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14 March 2014

A Last Look at Royal Botanic Runway 2014

As the gardens start to shed their summery ensembles in favour of nature's AW14 collection, so to will Melbourne's catwalks celebrate the return of the cooler months with Melbourne Fashion Festival next week. But before we bid summer a final farewell, we'd like to take a final glance at the floral and philanthropic magic that was The Royal BotanicRunway 2014. A heartfelt thanks to Melbourne photographer Lucas Dawson for capturing the evening so beautifully

07 February 2014

The Press Responds to the Inaugural Royal Botanic Runway

“Collette Dinnigan’s final catwalk show could not have had a more dramatic backdrop.”Glynis Traill-Nash, The Australian.

“Thrilling. A pinnacle show, a rare fusion of spectacular location, elegant models, beautiful fashion, evocative music and summer heat. This is fashion as it should be served, with love and creativity, mindful how it will excite, inspire and entertain.”Janice Breen Burns, Voxfrock.

“…a spectacular open-air fashion show at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne….”Georgina Safe, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.


04 February 2014

Every Dollar Makes a Difference

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s inaugural Royal Botanic Runway and contributed to its outstanding success. Whether your donation was big or small, every dollar donated will assist with Stage 3 of the Gardens’ Water Strategy. When completed, the Gardens will be resilient to droughts, be more sustainable, and the need to rely upon potable water will be eliminated.

The Royal Botanic Runway celebrates the union of inspirational fashion with the unique and beautiful environment of the Botanic Gardens and together with The Royal Botanic Gardens, it will help in raising the $3.5 million for the Stage 3 of the Gardens' Water Strategy by 2016.

If you missed out on this year’s Royal Botanic Runway and are interested in contributing to the Royal Botanic Gardens, you can download the Shout App by clicking here or by making a donationdirectly to the Gardens. Having now released our 2014 Summer collection, we are sowing the seeds for another beautiful Royal Botanic Runway in the near future.

30 January 2014

A Very Special Thank You

The event would not have been possible without the support of our following partners:

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Bank of Melbourne, Mossgreen, Pommery, Grand Hyatt Melbourne, City of Melbourne, MAC, L’Oréal Professional Products, Qube Konstrukt, Delaware North, Jellis Craig, Minc Communications, Harry the Hirer, Austage, EMG, QANTAS, Flowers Vasette, Plakkit, Globecast, Kallis Pearls, Liebherr, Ticketmaster, TOLL, CAPI, Coleby Consulting, Melbourne City Landrover, Langmeil Wines, Hart & Co, Invisible Zinc, Moonlight Cinema, NGV, The Botanical, Federation Square, Broadsheet Media, Artichoke.

Show credits include: Floral by Grandiflora, Katie Marx and Wona Bae Shoes by Habbot Studios, Zomp Shoes, Robert Robert Shoes and Miss Louise. Accessories by Christine and Reny Kestel Hair by L'Oreal Professional, Shu Uemura, Redken by 5th Avenue NYC and Maxtrix Makeup by Amanda Dreadon - Make Up Director for MAC Fragrance by Agence de Parfum curated by Lucy Borland

A very big thank you goes to David Shelmerdine, Geraldine Frater-Wyeth and the Event Gallery team, and the 150 volunteers who worked tirelessly to bring this event to life.


29 January 2014

Final Preparations Being Made

The Royal Botanic Runway is so close we can almost taste it! As the team works through last minute preparations, here's what you need to know. Tomorrow, gates open for lawn seating at 4pm for a 5:30pm Runway Show. Gates open for VIP seating at 5pm.

Botanic Runway Picnic Boxes from Cafe Vue are available for purchase, but if you'd like to pre-order yours, please call Café Vue on (03) 9691 3899 by 10am tomorrow. The Royal Botanic Runway is a licensed event; alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase including a range of CAPI mineral waters, and wine and Pommery Champagne available at the Pommery Bar. No glassware is allowed in the area.

For lawn seating, please bring a blanket but no tall lawn chairs allowed.

28 January 2014

VIP Double Pass Winner Announced

We have a winner! Congratulations to Rosemary Beer who has won 2 VIP tickets to The Royal Botanic Runway on Thursday 30 January. Included in the prize is Champagne Pommery on arrival, VIP seating along the Volcano path and a cocktail party at The Botanical following the show.


27 January 2014

A taste of things to come: Preview Video

Celebrating a beautiful union of fashion, flora, design, environmental awareness and philanthropy, the Royal Botanic Runway will transform the majestic Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne into an international runway event and a truly unforgettable summer experience.

Premiering on Thursday, 30 January 2014, this inaugural runway event will feature world-renowned Australian designers: Akira Isogawa, Aurelio Costarella, Collette Dinnigan and Martin Grant, who have each produced stunning pieces to be worn by over sixty local and international models. Created to raise funds for the final stage of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Water Strategy Project, the magical landscape of 'Guilfoyle's Volcano' will become a spectacular open air runway.

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26 January 2014

Celebrating Local Talent on Australia Day

To celebrate the Australia Day long weekend we'd like to salute 4 extraordinarily talented designers, Martin Grant, Aurelio Costarella, Collette Dinnigan and Akira Isogawa. We can't wait to showcase their creativity and dedication to Australian fashion this Thursday at our open air runway.


25 January 2014

Moonlight Package Sold Out

If you haven't bought tickets yet to see the Moonlight Cinema Curated Screening of 'Bill Cunningham New York' after the runway show, please book through Moonlight Cinema as our GA & Moonlight Package tickets are now sold out. All cinema ticket proceeds go to the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens Water Project.

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23 January 2014

Mossgreen Online Charity Auction Bidding Open

Fashion and philanthropy go hand in hand at The Royal Botanic Runway. As part of our fundraising initiative to support the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Water Strategy Project, Mossgreen is hosting an online auction of unique and exclusive designer packages including a red carpet experience with Aurelio Costeralla and lunch at Vue de Monde with Collette Dinnigan. The online auction ends at 10.00pm on Thursday 30 January.

View Designer Packages and Bid Online


22 January 2014

Hair and Makeup Trials at The Botanical

The Botanical played the perfect host to this morning's The Royal Botanic Runway Hair and Makeup trial featuring the charms and talents of our partner teams from L'Oréal Professionnel, Redken Australia, Matrix Professional Haircare & Color, Kérastase and MAC Cosmetics.


21 January 2014

Cafe Vue Botanic Runway Picnic Box Pre-Order Now Open

What would a twilight soiree in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne be without a delightfully convenient, mouth watering-ly delicious Picnic Box from Cafe Vue @ 401? Featuring a pickled cucumber pulled pork bun, chow mein salad, yesterdays fried rice and a ginger jelly, passionfruit sago at just $18, it's yours to pre-order by Thursday 10am from Café Vue (03) 9691 3899.


17 January 2014

Moonlight Cinema Curated Screening Announced

There are so many ways to enjoy the Royal Botanic Runway on Thursday Jan 30, like the Moonlight Package which includes lawn seating at the Runway Show and a Moonlight Cinema screening of fashion documentary, 'Bill Cunningham New York'. How better to celebrate fashion in the Gardens!

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3 November 2013

Introducing our Campaign Face, Laura Jade Breton

Laura Jade Breton from IMG Models Australia is the campaign face of Royal Botanic Runway. Laura is pictured here in Collette Dinnigan.