24 February 2012
The latest issue of The Age’s the melbourne magazine has a five-page spread which helps explain why RMIT University Fashion is the national leader in its field.
Graeme Lewsey, CEO of LMFF.
Journalist Annabel Ross and photographer James Geer focus on how seven of the 12 spots for national graduates in the upcoming L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) runway were won by RMIT graduates. (The festival runs from 8 to 15 March.)
The report says that one of the seven, Anisha Bhoyro, 26, was also named RMIT fashion student of the year at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week last September and, as a reward, will soon travel to Milan, Italy, to start an internship at Armani.
At the heart of RMIT’s fashion success is Associate Professor Karen Webster, Program Director of Fashion in the RMIT School of Architecture and Design, director of LMFF from 2006 to 2010 and someone who has a long history as one of Australia’s fashion industry leaders.
Associate Professor Webster is quoted in the article as saying the opportunities for RMIT fashion students now are broader than ever, thanks to increased awards and grants and closer ties with overseas institutions.
“People could always attempt to work overseas but now, just by the way of our communications channels opening up, more and more of our students are going on to work internationally,” she says.
Laura Wade, a 2010 RMIT fashion graduate, now works in New York at Thom Browne, where she supports the two designers working directly under Browne.
The article says that class of 2009 graduate Georgia Lazzaro is now an associate designer at Calvin Klein, splitting her time between ready-to-wear eveningwear and celebrity couture.
“Recently, she’s worked on the fall 11/12 collection and show, and on several gowns for the Hollywood awards season,” said the report.
Ms Lazzaro said of her current job: “When you’re studying, it’s what you’d fantasise about, in a way.”
Over in Paris, another former RMIT student, Sarah Schofield, who graduated with honours in 2008, is now junior designer of bags, shoes and accessories at Nina Ricci after collaborating with Dior on sunglasses and shoes.
“As an intern, I was treated with respect and as an important part of the design team. I was never sent to make coffee or photocopy things like in the horror stories people like to tell,” said Ms Schofield.
Graeme Lewsey, CEO of LMFF said it was no coincidence that more than half the graduates in the showcase this year came from RMIT.
“It’s through the incredible work they’re doing,” he said in the report.