An RMIT University fashion graduate has seen her collection featured as part of Lady Gaga's artRAVE world tour.
Nixi Killick, Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) graduate, said it was a surreal experience to have her work recognised by the pop music and global fashion icon.
"Gaga has an imaginative, unique and expressive style, which reflects and aligns with my work," she said.
"Having my work recognised internationally, especially by her, has given me immense confidence, both in my work and as an Aussie designer."
Lady Gaga , the world -renowned performance artist, wore a variety of clothing and accessories from Ms Killick's 2012 RMIT graduate collection,Future-tive Nature.
The featured pieces included vacuum formed plexiglass and crystal armour accessories, a 3D printed neck brace, and laser-cut quilted and embroidered leg harnesses.
Ms Killick's paintings of "radical mandalas" inspired the Future-tive Naturecollection, and the creation process integrated a range of modern technologies such as laser cutting, vacuum forming and 3D printing.
Graeme Lewsey, CEO of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, said the powerful imagery and distinct style of Ms Killick's work connected beautifully with Gaga's own style and was unique within emerging global fashion trends.
"Nixi's work is unique and honest and different to what else is currently being showcased on the global market," Mr Lewsey said.
"As soon as you see her designs you know that Lady Gaga and many others would want to wear them.
Lady Gaga wears designs from Nixi Killick's Future-tive Nature collection. Photography by Ruth Hogben.
"Nixi's launched her label at this year's VAMFF with her own off site runway presentation and it was a presentation of innovation at its best and has definitely raised her profile nationally and internationally."
Associate Professor Robyn Healy, Head of the RMIT School of Fashionand Textiles said Nixi Killick was part of the latest wave of global fashiondesigners who were proposing alternate ways of dressing, creating newfashion hybrids influenced by practices drawn from fine art, performance, costume design, science and new technology.
"Killick's distinctive style has drawn international attention and celebrity clients, attracted by both the sensory power and futuristic style of her clothing designs," Associate Professor Healy said.
"Killick experiments with new readings and applications of clothing, which she calls utopian.
"Her application of extreme combinations of colour, pattern and texture in clothing forms create an intense visual experience.
"She merges the latest technological developments in fabrication with more traditional bespoke techniques."
3D printed NeckBrace, vacuum form plexiglass and relief cast latex lycra leggings, by Nixi Killick, worn by LadyGaga . Photography by Ruth Hogben.
Ms Killick has described her work as an attempt to articulate a new utopia through psychedelic qualities and distinctive colour.
"Throughout my work, I have embraced creative escapism, and indulged in the bizarre, in an effort to illustrate the volatility orbiting reality."
Ms Killick's parents are artists, and her upbringing within a regional New South Wales circus influenced her art and career.
From a young age she was involved in performance art, costume design and visual arts.
The Melbourne-based artist and designer recently returned from Italy, where Not Just Another Label and FieradiVicenza selected her as one of their top 100 emerging international designers.
The labels invited her to Vincenza, Italy, to show her collection at their renowned trade show.
Ms Killick said she received "incredible" feedback from international designers and was encouraged by the possibility of future work with designers in Asia, Europe and the United States.
"I met some incredible designers, manufacturers, and press from all over the world ," she said.
"It was remarked how well my work represented and aligned with what's happening in the London scene right now, so there may be some exciting opportunities arise from there.
"It was a really life changing and pivotal step in the progression of my work and the NXK label."
Ms Killick will show at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week on Saturday, 6 September.
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