Six unique and diverse designers from RMIT’s Master of Fashion (Design) launched their original collections at Melbourne’s iconic MPavilion.
The fashion performance began as models boarded several peak-hour trams at RMIT’s city campus and travelled through the CBD, with the show officially starting as the models disembarked at the Arts Centre making their way to the Queen Victoria Gardens and MPavilion.
CLASH challenges the format of a traditional fashion show by allowing the master designers to present their individual practices and respond to MPavilion, reflecting notions of cultural processions, rituals and festivals.
Dr Ricarda Bigolin, Program Manager, Master of Fashion (Design), said by using the word clash the designers “celebrate their difference in identity between themselves as designers as well as their collective vision in representing advanced fashion practice”.
“When viewing the work the presence of socially engaged and aware design is evident in their projects, where the use of found, surplus, or discarded clothing becomes a pertinent measure of how emerging fashion practices are addressing concerns that face the industry.”
Impeccable beauty direction was created by global brand MECCA Cosmetica who transformed the models, capturing the diverse, fresh and vibrant collections.
RMIT University is the only Australian institute to provide a dedicated Master of Fashion (Design) course that fosters individual designers by providing a platform to explore advanced fashion practices.
The designers are immersed in a transformative learning experience, taking the time for exploration and further developing, shifting and launching their design identity through the program.
Story: Scott Knight
Photography: Lucas Dawson