Designing her own future
Born in Hanoi during the Vietnam war, as a young girl Kim Clark was already a budding designer, sketching on the walls of her family home and collecting fabric scraps to make dresses for paper dolls.
Decades later, and a long way from paper dolls, the Masters of Fashion (Design) graduand saw her designs come to life on the runway at the RMIT Master of Fashion (Design) Graduate Showcase at MPavillion 2019.
Kim said it was one of her proudest moments.
“It was both a rewarding and emotional experience for me because I’d worked so hard to get to there,” she said.
It wasn’t a straight forward path. In Vietnam, Kim pursued marketing because her family didn’t see design as a viable career.
Together with her husband, she moved around a lot for work, but it was only when she couldn’t find work in the Philippines that her husband encouraged her to finally study something she really loved.
“I enrolled in a short fashion course and my work was really well received. This was the first time I realised that maybe I could actually do this.”
Four years ago, the couple relocated again - this time to Melbourne – and Kim saw an opportunity to continue her fashion career at RMIT.
She applied for the Bachelor of Fashion (Design Technology) and went on to also complete the Master of Fashion (Design).
Her international experience, along with her background in marketing and commerce, influenced her design work, and saw her excel in her studies.
She said RMIT had given her the ability to maximise her own potential.
“The program is so well designed, and the teachers are amazing.
“I am so excited to be graduating and feel I now have been equipped with the solid skills to face any new challenge.”
Story: Jasmijn van Houten