29 September 2011
RMIT fashion features on Art Nation
"Enter Melbourne's RMIT, a name long synonymous with cutting edge fashion and design."
From the catwalk to the gallery, RMIT fashion was showcased during Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. Photo: Monty Coles.
That was the introduction from ABC's Art Nation host Fenella Kernebone to the program's recent story on Melbourne Spring Fashion Week's emerging designer series, which this year was dominated by RMIT University students and alumni.
The story, which featured interviews with students, graduates and co-Program Director of the Bachelor of Design (Fashion), Associate Professor Robyn Healy, highlighted the diversity of approaches to fashion at RMIT.
Four key events showcased RMIT fashion during MSFW in 2011.
Final-year Bachelor of Design (Fashion) students presented an exhibition and runway shows under the title, "Three and three quarters".
Designs by RMIT fashion alumni including Toni Maticevski, MaterialByProduct and S!X were brought together in a special exhibition, while the Spotlight Emerging Designer series featured a number of RMIT graduates.
2010 Bachelor of Design (Fashion) graduate Jack Loder, one of 12 hand-picked emerging designers to feature in the Spotlight exhibition, revealed his resourcefulness in the Art Nation story when explaining the unusual source of materials for his delicate white feathered dress.
"It was my bedroom pillow that I cut up," he said.
"I didn't know where to get feathers from so I just cut my pillow open - you should have seen it, there was down everywhere."
From video animations to playful dress-ups, the RMIT student exhibition offered an eclectic array of inspiring ideas.
Associate Professor Healy told Art Nation the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) was not just about developing skills but also "testing ideas behind fashion".
"This is an opportunity to really push what fashion is about and where fashion might go into the future," she said.
"A lot of the students in here are very serious about commercial practice and this is a place for them to test their capabilities, that creativeness which is very hard to find in industry.
"So for us in fourth year we really want them to have an opportunity to really try some quite different approaches to fashion."
RMIT Student Prize winner Anisha Bhoyro with one of her designs, shown at the exhibition. Photo: Monty Coles.
Students unveiled their capsule collections on the runway. Photo: Monty Coles.