Fashion Design alumni and graduates on show at VAMFF

Fashion Design alumni and graduates on show at VAMFF

With the Virgin Australia Fashion Festival (VAMFF) in full swing, RMIT Fashion Design alumni and graduates feature on the runway while fashion thought leaders gather at the Australian Fashion Summit.

With VAMFF running from 4-14 March, the artful silhouettes of RMIT alumnus Toni Maticveski have impressed at his dazzling solo show at the Virgin Australia Grand Showcase, cementing Maticveski’s status as a leader in the upper echelons of the fashion industry.

Two further alumni to watch were independent menswear designer Chris Ran Lin, whose collection showcased at Studio Edit 2, and Jade Sarita Arnott’s modern archetypal women’s clothing brand Arnsdorf, which showcased in Runway 1 and Studio Edit 1, as part of a carefully curated list of the season’s best ensembles.

A particular VAMFF favourite is the National Graduate Showcase, with participants handpicked from leading fashion design institutions and universities across the country to premier their collections in a dynamic runway experience.

Angel Energy perfomance showcasing graduates' designs. Photo credit: Noni @photononi . Design by Katherine Nolan Angel Energy perfomance showcasing graduates' designs. Photo credit: Noni @photononi . Design by Katherine Nolan

Eight of the twelve chosen were RMIT graduates including those from the Masters of Fashion (Design) Kim Clark, Syna Chen, Jake Liu, Yumi (Ruoyu) Wang and Shrinvanti Roy, and Bachelor of (Design) (Honours) graduates Bella Redman Brown, Jordyn Smith and Icelynne Yeof.

Representing the best and brightest of the next generation in Australian fashion design, their creations and vision provide a window into the trends and innovations to come.

Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) graduates’ latest collections have been brought to life at the VAMFF independent runway showcase titled Angel Energy.

Improvised and choreographed performances from dancers and models filled the catwalk space, presenting a remarkable collaboration of emerging designers, fashion, dance, performance, and music. 

Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) graduates at the Angel Energy project. Photo credit: Noni @photononi. Design by Bayley Eade. Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) graduates at the Angel Energy project. Photo credit: Noni @photononi. Design by Bayley Eade.

The event showcased the work of seven graduates from the Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) graduating class of 2019, including Georgia Allen, Madeline Assi, Matilda Comb, Bayley Eade, Gracie Forshaw, Katherine Violet Nolan and Michelle Li.

A pivotal part of the Festival program is the Australian Fashion Summit, with RMIT as education partner, which brings together thought leaders from across the creative industries to collaborate and respond to change.

CEO and President of Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) Eva Kruse is delivering the key note presentation and conversation on redesigning fashion’s business model, in which the industry looks to a more sustainable way forward to prosperity financially, socially and environmentally.  

CEO and President of Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) Eva Kruse CEO and President of Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) Eva Kruse

Kruse is a globally recognised voice on sustainability and founder of the world’s largest conference on sustainability in fashion, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, where RMIT students have participated as part of the Youth Fashion Summit.

The Australian Fashion Summit includes a Copenhagen Fashion Summit Micro-Panel, as well as offering sessions on topics such as the role of culture in trade and who really has influence in fashion today, before closing with a message from two RMIT students, representing the next generation of industry leaders, about their hopes for the industry they will become part of in the coming years.

 

Story: Diana Robertson

13 March 2020

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13 March 2020

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