Last night saw the Gala launch of one of L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Cultural Program highlights: The Spirit of the Black Dress. Supporting emerging Australian fashion designers and sustainable fashion initiatives, the STBD is always teeming with excellent people and fabulous fashion. Each year ten designers are chosen to submit a black dress designed with sustainability in mind. Sustainable practice, sustainable materials and lifestyle thinking are the three key criteria and designers must identify how their garment addresses each of these considerations. Not only design savvy but adventurous and beautiful, the dresses will be on display from today until March 20th in a free exhibition at The Trust Melbourne. If you can’t make it along in person, check out the stunning gowns here.