Space remains the key issue in the burgeoning Australasian fashion trade fair sector as rapidly expanding events are outgrowing their existing formats and trading up to bigger and better premises — or longer formats — and hot events are popping up on the radar.

The Victoria government’s April announcement of a 370 million Australian dollar ($258.5 million at current exchange) renovation of the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre was heartily applauded by the local conference organizers it would benefit, but gave cold comfort to Melbourne-based fair organizer Australian Exhibitions & Conferences. Their biannual Fashion Exposed, which showcases midmarket women’s, men’s and children’s apparel and accessories and touts itself as Australia’s largest fashion buying fair, has run out of space in Melbourne.

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