Dr. Rachel Matthews - scenestr of the day

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What do you do?
I am the programme director of Fashion Marketing at Collarts (Australian College of the Arts).

Why do you do it?
Contemporary fashion marketing activities are constantly reinventing themselves in crazy, creative ways; nothing stays the same for very long. It’s a fascinating space to be working in.

What do you love about the city you live in?
Quality of life. I know it's a cliche for Melbourne, but for someone who loves culture of all types... really, what’s not to like about living in Melbourne?? Art, fashion, music, theatre.

Where did you go for your last holiday?
Home to London to see my folks, with short side trips to Paris and Antwerp.

What's your favourite item of clothing?
I love my Levi denim jacket as it ages with me! I love the way it carries the signs of time and reflects how I’ve worn it through the evolving frayed patches and creases. I always mourn for my denim jackets when they eventually go beyond being worn, but I’m also happy to welcome a new dark indigo jacket into my wardrobe too.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
'Dr Who'. I loved all the freaky monster costumes.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
16 July, 1966. Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow’s wedding party. It's one of my favourite eras in the history of fashion and can you imagine how cool the party, music and clothes would have been with the Rat Pack and Katherine Hepburn as guests!

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us?
I do a great fish and sweet-potato curry. Perfect for when I have guests, as it pretty much takes care of itself and we can get down to chatting.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
How to cook fish and sweet-potato curry (thank you, Madhur Jaffrey!).

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows…
I tap dance in my spare time.

Are you happy with your work/ life balance?
Most of the time, but it can sometimes get a little out of whack.

How do you define success?
Fulfilling your potential and getting up everyday with something to look forward to.

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