An RMIT University fashion duo is among six international fashion practices awarded a top European fashion prize.
The Han Nefkens "Fashion on the Edge Award" was recently awarded to Ricarda Bigolin, designer, lecturer and researcher from RMIT Fashion, and Nella Themelios, curator, writer and creative producer at RMIT's Design Hub.
The pair - known as aftrs/d&K and Dolci & Kabana - was selected by a jury of experts including the fashion duo Viktor and Rolf and Karin Swerink, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Netherlands.
The prestigious accolade includes a commission to create new work for the upcoming The Future of Fashion is Now exhibition in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Each of the selected designers will create a new work on the cusp between fashion and art, to be shown at the exhibition.
Ms Bigolin and Ms Themelios were delighted and honoured to win the award.
"The recognition and integrity of the award is a great testamur and validation of our practice and a highlight in our individual careers," Ms Bigolin said.
"It is incredibly significant within the industry as it validates our approach by positioning it within a global context and amongst examples of designers who successfully redefine fashion, but who also engage commercially in practice."
Associate Professor Robyn Healy, Acting Head of School and Deputy Head of Research and Innovation in the Fashion and Textiles said: "The selection of Ricarda and Nella for the award and representation in the exhibition, recognises globally the critical design practices emerging from RMIT.
"Ricarda and Nella's work will be on display at the renowned Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, exhibited with the likes of international designers Hussein Chalayan and Martin Margiela, benchmarking their practices with fashion's leading practitioners and alignment with industry's most creative and progressive thinkers."
The Future of Fashion is Now will be held in Rotterdam from 11 October to 18 January, 2015.
Featuring work by more than sixty international designers - from leading fashion houses to young, up-and-coming talent - the exhibition will address the critical position young fashion designers adopt towards the fashion system and the role of clothing in today's society.
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