Fashion fever has hit Melbourne hard this month, as it does every year when the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival struts into town. But the good stuff isn’t just restricted to the catwalk this year, with a number of fantastic events packed into the Cultural Program as well.

One such event is the Wardrobe Weekender – a swap shop, vintage dress hire, local pop-up boutique and bar all rolled into one. Organised by Lala Productions and The Clothing Exchange, the idea is to offer customers an alternative experience to the traditional buy and sell retail model.

Taking place on 15th - 16th March, the format of the event is simple – each customer brings up to six pre-loved quality items that they can then swap for items brought by others. Recycling at its best (and certainly most fashionable) it allows you to exchange clothes you no longer wear for those that you will. Every garment is quality screened to ensure that only clothing that is still in great condition is on offer.

The shopping opportunities don’t stop there though. Browse the pop-up boutique offering a range of products from local designers (and special discounts), including jewellery from Dani M, digitally printed leggings from Lydra, handbags from Mina and Oli and gorgeous letterpress cards from The Hungry Workshop. Beautiful vintage pieces from United Archive will also be available for hire for throughout the festival.

The full fashion treatment continues with bubbly beverages courtesy of Captains of Industry, styling and of course a photobooth waiting to snap you at your most fashionable.

Weekend passes are just $40 at the door (including drink and boutique discounts) or $38 booked online at

Friday 15th March, 11am-8pm

Saturday 16th March, 11am-6pm

Captains of Industry

Level Two (upstairs)

2 Somerset Place, Melbourne