With the semester drawing to a close, and big presentations being made, we thought we’d shine a light on some of tomorrow’s design stars. RMIT in Melbourne has been one of Australia’s most prestigious fashion incubators for decades, so we caught up with a few young fashion designers we’re keeping our eye on.
What made you want to study fashion?
I interned for a bespoke wedding dress designer when I was 15, he hired me and I worked for him for four years. I couldn’t get enough. The exhilaration of working backstage is incomparable - I’m addicted.
What really inspires you?
Fabrication: anything from a scrap of wall insulation on the side of the road, to a piece of tennis court netting, from a pile of banana skins, to an Ikea shopping bag. Anything can be a textile. The challenge only exists in disregarding the boundaries to which people usually conform “fashion” within.
The personification of a collaboration between Nike and McDonalds.
Describe your aesthetic.
Sportswear that’s impractical to do sports in.
What’s the best thing about Australia’s fashion scene?
Australia’s small (in its population) so it’s relatively easy to start your own practice, whatever that may be. We work hard and we play hard.
Where would you like to be in five years?
Rich and or famous. Preferably both.