RMIT is launching the next generation of leading Australian fashion designers through a unique showcase at Melbourne’s cultural summer landmark, MPavilion2015.
3x1 is the inaugural celebration of the graduate work from RMIT’s Master of Fashion (Design) students Chris Ran Lin, Blake Barns and Vladislav Kanevsky.
The MPavilion2015 graduate showcase on Saturday 21 November – a free event open to the public – is a re-imagining of a traditional fashion soirée.
Three graduate designers experiment with fashion performance and installations to remove the conventional boundaries of a runway show.
Associate Professor Karen Webster, Deputy Head RMIT Fashion and Textiles, said that over the past year the designers had been mentored by expert academics in fashion design, industry practice and research.
“We’ve provided an advanced studio environment which allows the designers to take risks and experiment with fashion,” Webster said.
“Essentially it’s the ultimate master class for a fashion creative to evolve their practice
“What we have witnessed is an evolution in their approach to design thinking and advanced techniques in construction resulting in a prevailing innovative confidence that shines through in their collections.”
Vladislav Kanevsky’s work explores the subjective and non-universal notions of taste and the contrast with aspirations and limitations with luxury fashion ideas.
“I’m interested in where these blurry lines cross, ‘a warped fashion sense’,” he said.
“My collection attempts to hold a mirror to changes in an increasingly image obsessed society, charting an exaggerated self-awareness in modern expressions of straight masculinity – those previously aligned to clichéd stereotypes of gay men’s dress and femininity.”
The RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles was the only Australian institute to be ranked in the top 10 global fashion schools in the recent prestigious Business of Fashion ranking, with its Master degrees recognised at number six.
RMIT was also the only Australian institute to showcase work at London Graduate Fashion Week.
3x1 is on from 8pm, Saturday 21 November, at M.Pavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens (opposite Arts Centre), St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
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Story: Scott Knight