MFW: fearless fashion from Australia's emerging designers

MFW: fearless fashion from Australia's emerging designers

Headpieces for Indigenous drag queens, the art of flâneurie, 3D printed experimental designs, and materials made from discarded plastic will all be on display during Melbourne Fashion Week.

Isobelle Amie Urban Flaneur. Design, Madeline Assi. Photo, Isobelle Amie

The creative efforts of students, staff and researchers from the School of Fashion and Textiles will be on display during Melbourne Fashion Week (MFW) 2018.

The centrepiece Town Hall Student Runway, now in its 13th year, showcases the creativity and daring of student designs, while giving fashion aficionados a tantalising glimpse of the potential ‘next big thing’ in Australian fashion.

RMIT contributions can be seen at the following events during MFW from Friday 31 August – Friday 7 September:

Town Hall Runway Four - Student Collections

Melbourne Town Hall, Wednesday 5 September 7.00pm-8.00pm

Creative, daring and technically impressive collections from the ‘ones to watch’ on the Australian fashion scene and a unique opportunity for students – including RMIT’s Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) program, to showcase their work to the local design community.

31 August 2018


RMIT Student Designer Showcase

31 August –4 September, kicking off with a pop up ‘Pause & Pose’ on Friday 31 August at 7.00pm & 8.00pm at Melbourne Central

Live performances as part of the Vogue American Express Fashion Night Out, featuring drag queens showcasing some of the unique headpieces to be worn at the Broken Heel Festival taking place in Broken Hill in September. This project drew on RMIT's research into designing with Indigenous culture and was re-imagined into a uniquely Australiana-inspired Drag Couture. 

Fashion Capsule 5

31 August – 7 September

The works of RMIT’s Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) students - Thomas Lake and Xiangyu (Candice) Xie will be featured in capsules in the Bourke St Mall.  Lake’s collection incorporates street wear archetypes utilising technical materials, vinyl printing, highly reflective materials and inflatable fabric while Xie, a Fine Arts graduate who studied drawing in China for ten years, explores the concept that fashion design can be combined with the art of painting.

Urban Flaneur

4 September – 7 Sept.

A live fashion event that responds to the culture and environment of Victoria Harbour in Docklands and highlights the relationship between fashion and flâneurie in urban memory and imagination. Exhibition attendees are encouraged to follow in these designers’ footsteps using a map of key sites around Victoria Harbour and following instructions for a dérive.

The Illuminated Sea

Friday 31 August and Monday 3 September – Tuesday 4 September. Tasma Terrace, 10.00am-6.30pm

A project between the fashion students of Anhembi Morumbi University in Sao Paulo Brazil and fashion students, researchers and designers from RMIT University in Melbourne. The Sea Between Us: The Illuminated Sea takes the sea of plastic that we, as consumers, have created and discarded and transforms it into materials for making, lacelike structures, crotchet, knitting and illusive/elusive remnants of luxury.

Fashion Tech Showcase @ RMIT Activator

Tuesday 4 September 3.00pm-5.30pm

An opportunity to meet the inspiring entrepreneurs who are bridging the gap between fashion, retail and technology. Hear from inspirational start-ups, network with fashion gurus, and find out how RMIT Activator can support you on your entrepreneurial journey.

So you want to work in fashion?

Monday 3 September 8.00am-9.00am

RMIT Associate Dean, Industry Engagement for the School of Fashion and Textiles, Kiri Delly, and a range of other experts will explore mainstream and unique roles in design, styling, manufacturing, marketing, support services and retail, as well as the industry bodies and institutions available to assist.


Story: Karen Phelan 

31 August 2018


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