Georgia Lazzaro landed in New York thanks to a prestigious Fashion Foundation Scholarship and now designs for Calvin Klein Collection.
Four years after graduating from the Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours), Ms Lazzaro gives her insights into living and working in New York and the hidden hotspots that inspire her.
1. Brunch at Dimes
An artist friend told me about this new café, Dimes.
Chinatown has a lot of independent galleries, so there's a great young, burgeoning art scene here. Dimes has a very Melbourne vibe, which is probably why I feel at home there.
I came to New York about four years ago when I won the Australians in New York Fashion Foundation Scholarship.
As part of that I had the opportunity to do two internships, at Narciso Rodriguez and then Calvin Klein, where I was offered a full-time role.
Now I'm lucky enough to help with the initial judging for that same scholarship. The panel always mentions the calibre of the work coming out of RMIT is incredible, and that's something I feel really proud of.
2. A Visit to Elizabeth Street Gallery
The Elizabeth Street Gallery is actually a community garden. The sculptures here are a really strange amalgamation of things and I guess that's also why it's intriguing to me.
Sometimes they have jazz bands on Sundays or little plays, and yoga classes. I just think it's a beautiful little place to escape from the madness of the city.
I had done sculpture before fashion and I also danced a little bit when I was younger, and I've always loved fabrics, so for me fashion design felt like a marriage between form and movement.
I think as a woman you live your life through clothes and you form these relationships with them. It's so much more than just expressing yourself, it's emotional, it's experiential and it's tactile.
3. Shopping at Maryam Nassir Zadeh
Maryam Nassir Zadeh is a small boutique run by an Iranian woman who collects all sorts of amazing independent designers, many of which are slightly younger in their careers.
I find it really inspiring to go in there and see what is going on in the independent design scene in New York.
I like to keep in touch with what is happening more broadly in art and design in the city.
I loved how the course at RMIT pushed me conceptually. I feel that it gave me an incredible breadth of knowledge in fashion in a more general sense, not just in fashion construction and technique.
Emphasis is made on exploring the idea of fashion beyond garments and I think that's special and unique to the course and the lecturers there, who work very hard to keep that culture alive.