Students and alumni explore the creativity nestled at the edges of our sight in “Peripheral Visions”, a new exhibition held in partnership with the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.
The annual exhibition - now in its 8th year - is coordinated by RMIT Link Arts and Culture and gives students and recent graduates the chance to exhibit their works to a wide audience, gaining valuable exposure and industry experience.
With last year’s exhibition drawing more than 1000 visitors, the 2015 show attracted a high number of quality applicants from across the University.
Lizzy Sampson, Creative Arts Officer at RMIT Link, said the exhibition at First Site Gallery gave students the opportunity to be part of an internationally renowned fashion festival.
Ms Sampson led a panel of four RMIT students and recent graduates from fashion, textiles and fine arts programs in selecting works from more than 20 students for the exhibition, based on their response to the curatorial theme of “Peripheral Visions”.
“Our theme was born out of the idea that so much of the interesting, innovative and exciting work in fashion always starts at the edges before it becomes mainstream,” she said.
“If the body is central to fashion practice, where do the boundaries extend?
“How can decentralized or collaborative practice extend and push boundaries to generate multi-disciplinary, critical outcomes and visions relating to fashion?”
Kiri Malarski, a recent Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours) graduate, was approached to co-curate the show after exhibiting works at the First Site Gallery with four other graduates in 2014.
“I like the idea that fashion can be for anyone, and doesn’t necessarily have to occur on a catwalk,” she said.
Ms Malarski relished the chance to learn from each of the other students involved in Peripheral Visions.
“As we all came from different disciplines, we have different views on how we perceive fashion,” she said.
Bachelor of Design (Fashion) student Allia King created a bio-design project for the exhibition.
Her work, entitled Bury Me, explores the possibility of a symbiotic relationship that can exist between plants and the body and challenges the wasteful idea of “wear once” clothing.
Peripheral Visions opens tomorrow (Tuesday 10 March) from 5.30–7.30pm, and runs until Friday 20 March at First Site Gallery, 344 Swanston St, Melbourne.
The gallery will also host a chaired panel discussion on the exhibition on Thursday 12 March at 5.30pm.