CIT : THE GRADUATES 2014

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Designs by the Central Institute of Technology’s Advanced Diploma students.

The Fashion and Textile Design Graduates from the Central Institute of Technology (CIT) showed their final collections at the Art Gallery of Western Australia this year and it was such a beautiful venue for it. The space itself is bursting with creative energy; it was so fitting for an event like this.

Last year I was asked by CIT to sponsor an award; a feature on my blog for my favourite graduate collection. And this year I had the incredible opportunity to be involved again. I cannot express enough how much I enjoy viewing student fashion collections. To see what the next up and coming designers create is inspiring to say the least. As I was overseas a few weeks ago I didn’t get a chance to view the collections prior to show day to choose my favourite – this made the runway show even more exciting for me as I was able to view them with fresh eyes!

Leading up to The Graduates’ runway show, there was an installation piece showcasing CIT’s Advanced Diploma students’ collections. There were quite a few looks that really caught my eye, but there was one in particular which I found really interesting – the pink, oversized, origami-like silhouette by student Celine Lee, pictured above (last).

THE GRADUATES 2014 :

 

DONNA DUMAS

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> QUARTZ

‘Dumas explores the idea of time and how it relates to culture and religion. She uses twisted garment shapes to suggest the cyclical interpretation of time found in Hindu and Buddhist religious beliefs. The designer uses textile manipulation and printed line work to express the linear interpretations of time appearing in the Christian religion.’

 

SOFIJA DURICIC

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> UTOPIA

‘This collection is inspired by the idea of freedom; travelling on the open road and finding Utopia, a world of endless time and possibilities. Duricic uses artisan textile techniques to underpin her work, focusing on weaving, printing and stitch work.’

 

JACK EASTWOOD

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> MORI (FOREST)

‘This body of work explores the relationship between humans and the natural world. The key inspiration for this project is the forest, an entity that is both living and disintegrating. Themes of life and decay are explored through the use of manipulated fabric and the garment shapes reflect the structure and symmetry of nature.’

 

AYZIA HOGAN

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> XTAL

‘This collection explores ideas relating to permanence and decay in the natural environment. Hogan applies crystal formations to fabric to symbolise erosion and fragility. She is also interesting in examining Monolithic Architecture; this strength and simplicity is expressed through her use of minimalist garment shapes.’

 

LAURA HOLLAND

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> PAPERBACK

‘Holland’s body of work expresses the experience of being immersed in a good book. She has examined narrative and character development as inspiration for this collection of garments; each piece embodies the attributes of her favourite fictional protagonists.’

 

REBECCA KIEFT

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> LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS

‘This body of work investigates the practice of keeping secrets. The designer explores the meaning of secrets and the consequences of not keeping them. To communicate her ideas Kieft has used pockets and layers of quilting to represent unspoken words.’

 

COURTNEY MAKINS

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> FIFTEASE

‘Makins’ collection is inspired by 1950′s fashion. She explores ideas of femininity and silhouette through a reinterpretation of classic 50′s shapes and prints. Her fabrics are layered and printed with oversized 50′s motifs to express new versions of this classic style.’

 

LYNDAL MALARKEY

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> LIBERTÉ

‘Malarkey’s collection explores the strength and beauty of heroic women, both past and present. Using literature as her foundation, the designer examines the role of liberated women throughout history, taking much of her inspiration from the origins of feminism.’

 

NATASHA PADERNILLA

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> NATSUKASHI

‘Padernilla uses the schoolyard as inspiration for her collection. She explores nostalgia and memory by examining familiar childhood artefacts from the 1990′s. School uniforms, games, toys and abstract playgrounds are the subject matter for this enquiry and reinterpretation of nostalgia.’

LEAH RODDA

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> YELIM SURYC

‘Rodda uses the all American entertainer Miley Cyrus as her muse for this collection. She examines Cyrus’ life in the public eye, her music and her evolving style. The designer uses manipulated denim as the foundation for her collection to communicate the artist’s Nashville country origins.’

 

KRISTINA TARKOVA

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> CLADE AVIALAE

‘This collection uses the bird as a metaphor to express the sensation of flight and freedom. Evening wear silhouettes are printed with bird motifs using a gentle colour palette of pinks and mauves. Markova uses layers of silk in her garment shapes to communicate feelings of fragility and luminosity.’

 

RINI TENG

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> CAPTURED MOMENTS

‘With this collection Teng is interested in expressing the importance of the small moments in life. She looks primarily at the everyday interactions of humans; actions that may seem insignificant yet often define who we are. Teng has sourced materials that are often overlooked, maybe even considered ugly, and has redefined their purpose and worth.’

 

JOEL UN

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> LOST & FOUND

‘With this body of work, Joel Un is exploring ideas around vulnerability and courage. He views the creative process as a complex journey that involves moments of darkness, fear, power and also freedom. He uses print and fabric manipulation to express the intensity of this experience.’

 

MEGAN WAREING

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> QUIET REBELLION

‘This body of work explores ideas regarding society’s gender expectations and investigates the concept of modern femininity. Inspired by feminist theory, Wareing questions the role of women in our contemporary world. Through colour, print and garment shape the designer considers the balance of masculine and feminine elements in her work.’

As you can see, the talent this year was out of this world! It was quite a tough choice for me as there were a few collections that I really loved. Stand-outs were Donna Dumas, Ayzia Hogan, Rini Teng and Megan Wareing. It is Wareing’s collection that I have selected to feature on here – so watch this space!

A massive congratulations to all the students involved and also to the lecturers! And thank you to CIT for getting me involved again this year, it’s been a blast!

HUMID HONG KONG

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Photos by Mike Yeo Visuals

It was so humid in Hong Kong while I was there. I always find it difficult to dress for humidity, it doesn’t matter how little you wear, you still feel sticky. I also don’t like wearing sandals (unless with socks), which probably doesn’t help. So it’s closed in shoes all the way for me – I bought these Dr. Martens in Hong Kong and this particular style was comfortable the second I put them on. So, alas! My best attempt for dressing in humidity! If you have any tips to share when battling the stickiness, please share. Sorry I haven’t yet posted my Hong Kong photo diary, since I returned from my trip I’ve been so lucky to have many events to cover, but it’s definitely on the to-do list!

MATCHES FASHION BRUNCH

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All pieces from the runway parade are available now online – here.

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Matches Fashion brunch at Mosmans Restaurant. Perched on the Swan River, the glorious morning sun shone through the open glass windows, and together with the wooden floorboards and elegant table settings – it all made for a perfect space for the event.

Based in the UK, Matches Fashion is one of the world’s leading online luxury retailers. Matches is one of my go-tos every time I shop online. Each season their selection is always so on-point. Editors, stylists and fashion bloggers were invited to the event, which aimed to showcase their latest Resort 2015 season and to launch their online VIP service. A few of their key MyStylists flew over for the event. MyStylists for Matches Fashion provide a 24/7 fashion-concierge service to their clients – so if you’re in any need of styling or fit advice whilst shopping on-site, there will always be someone there to help – and not just anyone, they’re extremely skilled at what they do!

This type of event was a first for me. I haven’t had the opportunity of attending one quite like this before, so it was such a special experience. On top of getting the chance to see look after look of exquisite pieces, we were treated to free-flowing drinks and a three-course brunch! And, we got to take home a wonderful gift bag. We were very spoiled to say the least.

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Inside the gift bag was a lookbook of their complete Resort 2015 collections, a gift voucher (amazing!) and a preview of their in-house basics range RAEY. The t-shirt is so soft on the skin, so if this is anything to go by, RAEY is set to be a success!

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What I wore : Marques Almeida Metallic Frayed Dress, Anteprima bag and Maison Martin Margiela shoes.

A big thank you to Matches Fashion and the PR companies – I had such a wonderful morning!

Visit > MATCHESFASHION.COM