FASHFEST is brought to you by co-founders Clint and Andrea Hutchinson, partner Wendy Johnson and a team of experts from a diverse range of creative fields.
Clint Hutchinson—CEO / Festival Director
Andrea Hutchinson—Managing Director / Festival Director
FASHFEST was founded by Andrea and Clint Hutchinson. This husband and wife team—closely connected to the creative world through work and outside interests—relishes living in the nation’s capital and giving back to their community. Andrea, a former model from Switzerland, is also Co-founder and Modelling Director of HAUS Models, an agency with a stylish difference. For many years, Clint was the Managing Director of one of Canberra’s largest advertising agencies. Together this couple felt it was time that their city stepped forward with a red-carpet fashion event. And so FASHFEST was born.
Director of Communications
Wendy Johnson, is a strategic communications expert. Backed by a Master’s Degree in Journalism, Wendy understands what makes media tick. Her hit rate at getting stories placed is exceptional, due to her ability to develop meaningful story ideas and communicate effectively with media. Wendy and her team gained extensive coverage of the inaugural FASHFEST and have kept the story alive ever since. They also coordinate all major strategic communications functions for the event. Wendy owns Clarity Communications Australia.
Director of Runway and Choreography
Susanna Ellis is cue-master and runway choreographer. With a background in coaching, theatre, dance and calisthenics, Susanna has worked backstage as an important member of the FASHFEST crew since the inaugural event. She is FASHFEST’s flight controller and is responsible for getting the models on the runway on time, looking glamorous and heading in the right direction.
Stage Manager: Bianca Armstrong
Assistant Stage Manager: Makayla Holz
Tinaye Dune has been part of the FASHFEST team for four years and is now the event’s Production Manager. An Event organising enthusiast, Tinaye studied Event Management at the Canberra Institute of Technology and has worked on a number of major events in Canberra, including the Australia Day Eve Concert, Multicultural Festival, National Folk Festival and Tropfest. He has completed his Master’s Degree in Business Management (2016).
Director of Music
Ashley Feraude is a Canberra-based DJ, creative consultant and music producer who operates under the alias Magnifik. He brings a love of diverse music and an immense amount of innovative entertainment experience to FASHFEST. This is Ashley’s third year as a director with the event.
Music Coordinator Hamish Lardi has a strong music marketing skill set. He works with Ashley to ensure FASHFEST music exceeds expectations.
Creative Producer of Film
Georgina Jenkins is a writer and producer of award-winning short films, including ‘Past Imperfect’, and the documentary ‘In the Cannes’ broadcast on ABC TV. Georgina has a low-budget feature and television drama series in development. Georgina founded Canberra production house By George Studios with Robb Shaw-Velzen ACS in 1996.
Creative Director of Film
Robb Shaw-Velzen ACS, a multi-award-winning cinematographer, has travelled the globe shooting for ‘Survivor’, HBO’s ‘The Pacific’ and ‘Good Morning Britain’. He has been Director of Photography on many short films and two feature films, ‘Blue World Order’ and ‘Locks of Love: Capital L’. Robb has won 14 Australian Cinematographers Society Awards, including a coveted Golden Tripod.
Creative Production Manager of Film
Shane Grieves has a background in electronic and electromechanical design, qualifications in digital media and an advanced diploma from CIT’s Screen and Media program. He has directed and/or produced various local live projects, short films and music videos. After being an editor for FASHFEST’s Spectra show in 2016, Shane has stepped up to manage all things video for this year’s event.
Director of Photography
Leighton Hutchinson is in charge of photography at FASHFEST, coordinating the many photographers who work at the event. Leighton, who runs Leighton Hutchinson Photography, is well known for his fashion, editorial, commercial, advertising and portraiture photography. With more than 10 years behind the lens, Leighton’s masterful technique is highly respected in Canberra and beyond. Leighton is assisted by Photography Manager, Kylie Jackson.
Director of Hair
Jenni Tarrant, principal stylist, creative director and owner of multi-award winning salon Bond Hair Religion in Kingston, has more than 34 years’ experience in the hairdressing industry. Jenni has operated Bond Hair Religion for 12 years. She attended Canberra Institute of Technology, graduating with a Certificate IV in Hairdressing, Hair Styling and Hair Design. This is her first year with FASHFEST.
Creative Director of Hair
Craig Rhodes, Director of A Flick of Hares, has been in the hair industry for more than 17 years. His portfolio includes work for GQ, Vogue and Marie Claire. He has worked on campaigns, including for Bulgari, Bonds and X Factor, and is published in international magazines. Craig has worked at New York Fashion Week since 2012 and brings his wealth of experience to FASHFEST 2017.
Director of Makeup
Diana Cheetham is a well-known freelance makeup artist. She teaches part-time at the Canberra Makeup Academy Training Group (makeup) and Capital Hairdressing Academy and Regional Training (hair). Diana has been a makeup artist with FASHFEST since the inaugural show. She leads a large team of makeup artists to ensure highly creative work and that theatrical elements are brought to each show.
Director of Interior Design
Aaron Copeland, Director of Interior Design, is an expert with almost two decades of experience and success in the industry. He applies his professional and personal approach to FASHFEST every year. At Capezio Copeland, Aaron and his team have always advocated designing for human behaviours and the environment.
Director of Front-of-House
Malinda Cole is a highly organised and energetic member of the FASHFEST team, in charge of Front of House operations. Backed by a Diploma in Event Management from Canberra Institute of Technology, Malinda has been with FASHFEST since it initially burst onto the Canberra scene five years ago. Malinda is passionate about bringing quality high-level events together.
Director of Backstage
Kate Edwards has been part of the hair and beauty industry for more than 20 years and has earned a reputation for mentoring and developing the younger generation of hairdressers on all aspects of the industry. Owning her own salon gives Kate the freedom to get involved in new creative challenges, like being Director of Backstage for FASHFEST. Kate will lead a team backstage that is in charge of moving matters for show time.
Alyssa Broomby is an uber organised and passionate executive assistant, with eight years’ experience. Behind-the-scenes, Alyssa helps drive success and achieve outcomes. As FASHFEST’s Operation Assistant, Alyssa brings a positive attitude and a self-driven work ethic to the team. She’s currently completing a Master of Makeup Artistry and has worked as a dance instructor for more than 10 years, with many of her hip hop crews winning national and international titles.
Advisor Strategy and Government Relations
David Boden is a former senior executive and manager with extensive skills and experience in the Australian Government arts arena. As Advisor of Strategy and Government Relations, David provides advice to senior members of FASHFEST on strategic development, risk management, opportunity development and government relations.
Spero Cassidy loves all things digital and began coding for the web while living in the United States in 1992. Since then he has designed and developed hundreds of websites and launched several successful online start-ups. Spero is frequently accused of being a perfectionist, is a KCBS trophy winning barbecue aficionado and wholeheartedly believes good people drink good beer. Spero is the co-founder of Pictal, a new social networking app that helps you share what you love.