Melbourne International Design Week is a celebration of the people who transform ideas into reality – and it will be bigger than ever now that the Design Foundation festival organisers have teamed up with the Victorian State Government.
International and local designers of all fields will gather for six days of workshops, debates, presentations and screenings – and there are plenty of offerings for design admirers, too. ACMI’s screening of the documentary From Nothing, Something will have you unravelling the oddities of the creative process (session times and price TBA. Apr 2-3) and the Business Advantage seminar at Hamer Hall is sure to kick your strategic brain into overdrive (7.30am-9.30am. $110. Thu Apr 3).
As the mastermind behind the costumes of Romeo + Juliet, The Matrix, Cirque du Soleil and an upcoming video game, LA-based Kym Barrett stands at the forefront of costume design. “The world is becoming smaller,” she explains. “Instead of physically producing jewellery, armour and weaponry, I do a lot of 3D illustrations, which I can email to a facility. They can mail me a prototype in a week.”
You can hear more from Barrett at the Look Upstairs conference. She’ll also be taking underground tours of the hallowed Performing Arts Archive at the Arts Centre, where you’ll discover backstage rooms, secret passageways and famous garments (session times and price TBA. Apr 1-6).