Sustainable knitwear, 1960’s Barbie-inspired attire, and the great thing about heartbreak – listed below are the tales behind RMIT’s style graduates’ collections featured on the Nationwide Graduate Showcase.
Amy Lawrance, Phoebe Pendergast-Jones and Olivia Fagan had been three of solely ten graduate-designers featured within the Nationwide Graduate Showcase for Melbourne Style Pageant on Friday.
The Nationwide Graduate Showcase is taken into account Australia’s most prestigious exhibition for the following era of Australian style design expertise.
Fagan, Pendergast-Jones and Lawrance all graduated from the Bachelor of Style (Design) (Honours) in 2020, with their honours tasks hand-picked by the festivals panellists to characteristic on the digital runway.
The runway is obtainable to be seen right here.
Melbourne Style Pageant, formally generally known as VAMFF, is celebrating its twenty fifth anniversary and happening from 11-20 March.
On 25 March, RMIT will probably be screening a documentary ‘Desires, Knits & Heartbreak’ on campus, capturing a behind the scenes have a look at the construct as much as the Nationwide Graduate Showcase.
Learn in regards to the graduates and their collections beneath:
Olivia Fagan, One Row At A Time
‘One Row At A Time’, is a daring up to date tackle knitwear, created utilizing a 1960’s classic knitting machine named ‘Bessy’.
Fagan blended historic and up to date knitwear with an emphasis on color, kind, texture and line.
Her assortment relies round her love of exploring and questioning the connection between style and artwork.
Round 80 % of the gathering was constituted of second-hand yarn sourced via eBay.
The gathering additionally produced minimal waste as they had been made in a single go on the knitting machine.
Fagan stated she was initially apprehensive doing a group that was purely targeted on knitwear however was capable of thrive whereas finding out from dwelling.
“I discovered the fervour throughout lockdown. I simply threw myself into it as a result of we had been all at dwelling and I used to be simply sitting on the machine for hours on finish,” Fagan stated.
“The pandemic compelled me to assume by myself, with out having lecturers and college students there to bounce concepts round it.
“It allowed me to be actually inventive in that course of and never put an excessive amount of strain on myself.”
Extra of Fagan’s work may be discovered on her Instagram right here.
Phoebe Pendergast-Jones, Honeymoon Part
View this publish on Instagram
A publish shared by 𝓅𝒽♡𝑒𝒷𝑒 𝓅𝑒𝓃𝒹𝑒𝓇𝑔𝒶𝓈𝓉 𝒿♡𝓃𝑒𝓈 (@phoebes_angels)
Pendergast-Jones’ assortment, ‘Honeymoon Part’ was impressed by heartbreak and longing, turning the emotional vulnerability of a breakup into one thing stunning and celebratory.
As a substitute of exploring heartbreak in a conventionally bleak approach, Pendergast-Jones appeared on the capacity to remodel these emotions into one thing loud and vibrant.
Her assortment used mild silhouettes contrasted with a selected roughness.
The centrepiece of her assortment was dramatic gown with a three-metre lengthy practice on the again, utilising round 13 metres of material.
“I preferred the considered having this second that’s fairly theatrical, with the air catching below the material,” Pendergast-Jones stated.
“I had to make use of just a little chain within the hem – which is definitely a trick Chanel makes use of of their tweed jackets – in order that when it’s shifting, it splays out and also you see the total impact of the printed design.”
Since graduating from RMIT, Pendergast-Jones has arrange her personal label Phoebe’s Angels.
Amy Lawrance, Desires On Paper
View this publish on Instagram
A publish shared by Amy Lawrance (@amychristinalawrance)
‘Desires on Paper’ is a vibrant mixture of previous and new, impressed by the historical past of home-made gown making.
The gathering used wealthy textures and joyous colors, created utilizing delicately layered supplies and a mixture of hand and machine stitching.
Lawrance drew inspiration from historic gadgets laying round her home, together with a Vogue Residence dressmaker’s handbook from the Sixties and psychedelic prints of Barbie garments that belonged to her Mum.
“As soon as the lockdown hit, I began taking a look at objects round my home which can be intrinsically tied to the historical past of dwelling gown making,” Lawrance stated.
“Taking a look at these objects, I began occupied with materiality and methods of replicating the colors and textures of this stuff via material, and that’s the place the gathering launched from.”
Lawrance stated she was rapt when she discovered her assortment had been chosen for the Nationwide Graduate Showcase.
“I used to be all the time actually eager to use for the Nationwide Graduate Showcase, however I suppose contemplating solely ten college students are chosen nation-wide, I actually didn’t assume I’d have a shot.”