RMIT has showcased the future of global fashion innovation at the Young Essentials Project (YEP) launch.
This year more than 120 RMIT students formed into 18 groups to work with Australia's most influential fashion brands - Myer, Country Road and Sportsgirl - to produce highly regarded capsule collections.
Students involved in YEP are all in their final year of the Associate Degree in Fashion and Textiles Merchandising, Australia's premiere innovative fashion and business program that has produced high-level graduates for 15 years.
The YEP launch, held at Melbourne's Ms Collins, featured high profile industry leaders and special guests including iconic Australian designer Joe Saba and model Nick Bracks.
YEP winners for each retailer often go on to have their capsule collections produced and sold in store.
Winners for the Young Essentials Project 2014 were:
MYER: "Bill's Fan Club" - Tahnee Edwards, Mollie Callahan, Louise Egan, Teegan Haidle, Chen Wen (Kirby) Lin, Danielle Mc Rorie, Brittany Roosenboom
COUNTRY ROAD: "Bricks & Clicks" - Caroline Webb, Monique Restuccia, Stephanie Brown, Stephanie Ferraro-Hosie, Nina Fitzpatrick, Yee Ling (Christine) Kan, Emma Musarra, Claire Whitaker
SPORTSGIRL: "Meraki" - Maddison Davis, Emily Graham, Alexandra McConnell, Christine Tran, Elle Paxton, Courtney Powell, Daniella Reed, Hayley Zovic
Lisa Parrella, Myer Category Buyer and Developer, said the students were highly creative and the work they produced was to an extremely high standard.
"They came with fresh ideas and took initiative that pushed the boundaries, particularly when it came to social media and marketing," she said.
YEP Manager and Program Coordinator Fashion and Textiles Merchandising, Robyn Lyons, said students involved in the program "hit the ground running" and the industry partners were thrilled with the standard of work developed.
"Our students excelled while working on real industry briefs with the nation's most influential fashion retailers," she said.