Image:  Adele Varcoe

Image: Adele Varcoe

Adele is currently developing a new work for Melbourne Fringe

Adele Varcoe is an Australian artist and designer who creates fashion experiences that explore the social affects of fashion, dress and clothes. She brings people together to construct participatory performances that explore the elusive nature of fashion by putting people in a situation where their sense of self is heightened through their clothes.

Working with actors, models and the public Adele investigates how fashion affects the interactions and relations between people. She is interested in the behaviour fashion evokes and the role social interaction plays in shaping our perception of dress.

Currently, Adele is digging deep into her practice by undertaking a PhD in the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University. She also teaches and runs workshops with various Universities and organistions around the world.


650 Onesies designed and made by fashion students and manufacturers in Bloemfontein were given away during Vrystaat Arts Festival 2017.  Festival visitors were invited to wear a onesie for the duration of the festival and post their “us-ie” to #OnesieWorld. A team of local musicians formed a sewing machine orchestra. They worked and played to the humming sounds of their machines, creating beats for onesie wearers to dance and move to. Onesie World explores how dressing similarly can bring us together and create oneness through the process of making, wearing and moving.  Onesie World is the 2017 signature project of the Programme for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD), an initiative by the University of the Free State and the Vrystaat Arts Festival supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, SITUATE Art in Festivals and Salamanca Arts Centre.

ONESIE WORLD was also part of MONA FOMA (2018) in Launceston, Tasmania. A similar project titled WOWZZZEE is also programmed for FOLA (2018).