05 March 2012
RMIT University fashion graduates have taken seven of the 12 spots in a national competition to join the 2012 L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF).
A design by Rica Hardian from her collection titled GEOGAMI, an origami-inspired collection consisting of a folding technique that combines the Japanese art of origami and digital printing. Photo: Vikk Shayen Wong.
The latest issue of The Age's the melbourne magazine has a five-page spread showcasing the designs of each graduate.
The National Graduate Showcase presented by Sportsgirl is now in its fourth year and features an impressive line-up of graduate designers from across the country.
The event provides a platform for future design talent to exhibit their work under the guidance and support of industry mentors.
Following submission of their final-year folios, an industry panel including Graeme Lewsey, LMFF CEO, and Elle Roseby, Sportsgirl CEO, this year reviewed a record 70 entries to choose the top 12 graduates to appear on the highly coveted LMFF runway.
Mr Lewsey said he and Ms Roseby were "blown away" not only by the number of submissions in 2012 but the quality of the graduates' work.
"Both the festival and Sportsgirl are proud to provide ongoing support to the graduates as they embark on what we hope is a long and prosperous career with the Australian fashion industry," he said.
The seven RMIT Bachelor of Design (Fashion) graduates who produced exceptional work in their final-year of studies were Amelia Agosta, Anisha Bhoyro, Chris Ran Lin, Ju Young.Seo, Laura HuiShan Li, Rica Hardian and Stephanie McPherson.
Ms Roseby said Sportsgirl was committed to nurturing, developing and supporting the next generation of Australia's most innovative design talent.
"We are so excited by the dynamic and diverse talent coming through the ranks into our retail environment, ultimately creating a healthier fashion industry," she said.
Associate Professor Karen Webster, Program Director of Fashion in the RMIT School of Architecture and Design, said the University was "absolutely thrilled" that so many of its graduates were chosen for such a high-level professional runway.
"It is testament to the quality and diversity of work produced by our fashion students," she said.
"RMIT Fashion ensures our students are ready for a global environment and is spearheading creative and innovative designs during a time that has been difficult for the fashion industry."
Rica Hardian, a graduate and former international student from Indonesia, said she was proud to be part of the fashion festival and represent RMIT.
"I believe that being a part of the festival will open more opportunities to further my career in the fashion industry," she said.
The 2012 National Graduate Showcase will be held on Tuesday, 13 March, at 6.30pm at Peninsula, Central Pier, Docklands.
Concession tickets will be available for high school students to attend the dress rehearsal at 2.30pm the same day and will be made available through selected schools.
Graduates will also present their capsule collections at an exclusive media presentation at the Graduate Collection Showroom on Friday, 9 March, ahead of their runway debut.
RMIT has organised several events as part of the LMFF. Details here.
Graeme Lewsey, CEO of the LMFF, and Elle Roseby, CEO, Sportsgirl.
Amelia Agosta, Anisha Bhoyro, Chris Ran Lin and Stephanie McPherson.
Laura HuiShan Li.