Designer Statements

Year 2


Jorge Alfaro

Clature

Autumn/Winter 2013

I have experimented with a fusion of past and future aesthetics, incorporating techniques from the seventeenth century and adapting them to construct my interpretation and vision of tomorrow.

Steph Covey

Pretty Girl Meets Biker

Spring/Summer 2013
Pretty Girl Meets Biker
is inspired by a contrast between masculine and feminine fabrics. Black leather and patterned silk chiffon are the main elements, which narrate the story of a girl falling in love with a biker.

Katy Davison

Convergence

Autumn/Winter 2013
Convergence
conceptually displays exoskeletal and architectural aesthetics. These ideas are portrayed through a conversation between the medieval era and the fundamental technology of today.

Chloe Elmes

Sukeban

Spring/Summer 2013
My collection is influenced by Sukeban and Harajuku , Japanese street fashion. Sukeban translated is ‘bossgirl’ and takes this concept as a starting point. I have focused on the form of a woman to develop a new silhouette with a sense of style as well as idiosyncrasies of contemporary Japanese street fashion.

Lisa Fowler

Interrelation

Autumn/Winter 2013
Interrelation
is an exploration of 1950’s fashion silhouettes and the relationship that I see exists between contemporary architecture and fashion. In my collection I have combined both feminine and structural aesthetics.

Megan Griffiths

Sid and Nancy

Autumn/Winter 2013
Sid and Nancy
is inspired by the 1970’s - 1980’s punk movement and the concept of anti-fashion. I have aimed to capture a carefree attitude with my use of fabrics and creative techniques.

Nathan Holden

Critique of Pure Emotion

Trans-seasonal
If I suggest an abstraction of the human experience, does it create an image in your mind? Do we innately personify sentiment into the visual? We can associate colour to emotion. Are these interpretations accurate enough to allow secondary contemplation? Can human emotions exist in any kind of purity? This is my critique of pure emotion explored through the concept of romanticism, with emotion portrayed through my own unique hand dyed fabrics.

Lavi Hsu

Beam me up, Scotty!

Spring/Summer 2013
The theme for my collection is space. Beam me up, Scotty! conveys simplicity and futurism. It explores an idea that we are all aliens to the rest of the universe. One day, the starship will come to Earth and take us home.

Louella Huang

Innocuous

Spring/Summer 2013
Innocuous
is inspired by the childlike sense of wonder derived from the animated feature Howl’s Moving Castle. I have experimented with elements of traditional children’s wear to create this contemporary collection.

Jisu lee

Dolce e leggiero

Spring/Summer 2013
Dolce e leggiero
is inspired by the Japanese Kimono and by the concept of birds in flight. Oriental shapes, patterns, colours and forms are hand dyed to create an elegant, feminine collection with contemporary eastern aesthetics.

Jacqueline Lim

Anabasis

Autumn/Winter 2013
Anabasis
is the synthesis of 19th century dress coalesced with the provocative and elegiac disposition of 20th century artist, Egon Schiele and his radical approach of depicting the human form through movement and stark proportions to render the body a vehicle of expression.

Stella Lim

Spring in Arles

Spring/Summer 2013
Spring in Arles
is inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s series of paintings, Vase with the Sunflowers (1888-1889). Through the use of hand painted fabric I have transformed Van Gogh’s vision of spring in Arles into contemporary fashion.

Zoe Noles

All for one and one for all

Spring/Summer 2013
Industrialisation and 1960’s feminist poster icons, such as Rosie the Riveter, have inspired me to explore feminist fashion on an androgynous level. Through use of drill and heavy cotton my collection portrays women in a working class environment.

Wilson Ong

1138

Spring/Summer 2013
1138
is inspired by science fiction and it’s exploration within utopian society. The collection examines alternative methods of construction and materials as an allegory of the dialogic process.

Allison Song

Là Battaglia Illusione
Spring/Summer 2013

The concept of my Spring/Summer collection is inspired by ancient Roman and Egyptian military garments. These elements from garments have been modernized to create a contemporary collection that expresses the connections between fashion and war.

Beau Louis Takapu

Julia

Autumn/Winter 2013
My collection is influenced by hidden emotions and is a contemporary expression of elegance based on a Victorian theme. A unique window into the psychiatric mind viewed through the eyes of my muse Julia.

Nicole Wesseling

Vincent

Autumn/Winter 2013
Vincent combines inspiration from Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Potato Eaters with Vivian Maier’s 1950s derelict street photography. It pays close attention to the textures and billowing silhouette of Dutch peasant clothing.

Blair Wheeler

A Fixation

Autumn/Winter 2013
The obsession with fabric experimentation is the driving force behind my collection. I explore the use of industrial materials such as liquid rubbers, cements and tars and aided with raw techniques I am creating a crossroad of artistic and individual expression.





Year 3


Alana Barnes
description de l’egypte

Trans-Seasonal
Based on the book Napoleon’s scenes from 1800, my collection is showing the colonisation of Egypt through a combination of ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern style, colours and forms, with a European influence.

Evie Batts

Redeemed

Trans-Seasonal
The world is at its tipping point due to over consumption and unsustainable fashion practices that arise from the design, production and the manufacture of disposable garments. Redeemed focuses on up-cycling pre-loved clothing and discarded fabric into new garments. These garments cut back on wastage and landfill while breathing a fresh breath of life into otherwise rubbish. Reuse, Recycle, Redeem.

Samantha Chapman

When The Lake Freezes Over

Autumn/Winter 2013
Developed from The Catcher in the Rye, this collection explores the concepts surrounding obsession and protection of childlike innocence.

Nazneen Daruwalla

Semiotics

Trans-Seasonal
Semiotics
links body vibrations to spiritual energy. Using the chakra system, design and printing elements have been used to show the associated glands of the seven chakras and connect them to their colour frequencies.

Kido Deng

Creek

Autumn/Winter 2013
Based upon Vorticism, Creek is a stream of motion that is explored through the machine age and all things modern.

Courtney Harper

Interpretations of Sight and Mind

Spring/Summer 2013
Interpretations of Sight and Mind
was inspired by the architecture of Haussmann’s Paris. It paints the overall picture that I interpreted in response to the tonal colours and details I saw in Paris.

Xanthe Harris

A story told in Ink

Spring/Summer 2013
My collection is inspired by the concepts surrounding tattoo, in particular those relating to the concealing and revealing of ones identity. I was also influenced by 70’s rock’n’roll bands, Blondie and The Runaways.

Jacqui Harrison

Fallen Dreams

Spring/Summer 2013
Fallen Dreams
is inspired by the early music of the rock band Evanescence and the imagery of surrealism.

Megan Holley

I’m not who you want me to be

Spring/Summer 2013
My hopes, beliefs and fears all exist in this collection. They belong to me. I have used literal and deconstructed bows as my personal symbol for the issues and the people who have made my journey difficult.

Tegan Lindsay

Seduction and Control

Spring/Summer 2013
Seduction and control
is an investigation of gender separation through social and economic status.

Nupur Patel

The Bulletproof Angel

Spring/Summer 2013
The Bulletproof Angel
is inspired by Banksy ‘s inspired street art and sculpture. My spring /summer collection explores the interdependence of both art and fashion and reflects the political and social statements made through Banksy’s work.

Chelsea Ross

7020

Spring/Summer 2013
7020
is a fusion of styles from 1970 rock-bohemian festival wear contrasted with the 1920 evolution into practical dress.

Jennifer Schyle

Antropofagia

Spring/Summer 2013
Antropofagia
is a Brazilian concept based on Cannibalism of other cultures and ideologies. I have used white silks and laces and own screen prints to reference the indigenous Candomblé rites as well as the shapes and colours of Brazilian Barocco churches.

Kama Scretching

Make do and mend

Spring/Summer 2013
Make do and mend
is inspired by the 1940s, in particular the rationing of fabrics. This is conveyed through garments constructed from several different fabrics and prints.

Heather Thornborrow

La muerte es solo el comienzo (Death is just the beginning)

Spring/Summer 2013
Through the use of glow in the dark threads and lights, death is just the beginning. My collection plays with the hidden beauty of the returning souls from the Dia de los Muertos festival.

Natalya Thorpe

Cut

Trans-seasonal
My collection emerges out of my interest in the interplay of opposites that references the controversy around blood diamonds.

Gemma White

Hard Candy

Spring/Summer 2013
Hard Candy
is inspired by the Vladimir Nabokov novel, Lolita, this collection portrays a feminine innocence with contrasting sinister aesthetics.




Year 4


Erin Balle
Airborne

Autumn/Winter 2013
My graduate collection Airborne autumn/winter 2013 is inspired by the air force, their duty as a defence force to serve, protect and defend its people. Through research and development I have explored the concept of clothing as a protector. Garments enclose the body, being the individual’s most intimate form of protection.

Erica Bryers

Gaia

Spring/Summer 2013
Inspired by Surrealism and nature, my collection encapsulates the overwhelming power and feminine beauty of nature in a surrealist style. With an excess of floral embellishment I want to epitomise the Surrealist idea of convulsive beauty. Artificial flowers create a certain irony – using the fake to represent what is natural, a concept all too familiar with feminine beauty.

Sean Cai

Overpowered

Autumn/Winter 2013
Overpowered is inspired by women in power, incorporating elements of masculinity and femininity with an eighty’s influence. I line silhouettes with exaggerated forms and minimal detailing are key throughout my collection.

Amy Cosson

Efflorescence

Spring/Summer 2013
A flower beginning to bloom, Efflorescence grows through a slender symmetrical form into an asymmetrical exaggerated hourglass silhouette defining an ideal form. Hand manipulated rouching, flounces and tea dying have been used to imitate the delicate details of the petals. These techniques define a feminine aesthetic.

Katy Kelly

Empire

Autumn/Winter 2013
Empire
is inspired by Art Deco architecture and the visual elements of the 1920’s. Paneling and contrasting design elements reference the geometric shapes and lines found in Art Deco architecture. Sharp panel lines are combined with soft, feminine draping to create a contemporary collection.

Trish Peng

Piece by Piece

Spring/Summer 2013
Piece by Piece
was influenced by my fascination with geometric forms. The collection fuses ideas from Cubism and Russian Constructivism combined with my own preference for bold colours and contoured silhouettes. I have utilised the jigsaw shape to emphasise the female form and create a point of difference.

Chrystal Pestana

Chemical X

Spring/Summer 2013
In an endeavour to resolve and liberate the ambiguity that exists within the dress code of feminists, post-feminists and third-wave feminists, Chemical X is a visual response derived from high class prostitutes, such as Madame du Barry and Madame de Pompadour, exotic dancers, carnival queens and showgirls. Chemical X explores the inveiglement of artifice from a third-wave feminist perspective, in an effort to remind first and second-wave feminists that freedom of choice is the main reason why feminism happened in the first place.

Samantha Wainstein

We are pure geometrics, Baby.

Autumn/Winter 2013
We are pure geometrics, Baby
is constructed around the similarities of the Aztec’s religious practices and worshipping rituals as well as fashion’s involvement in constructing the idealised, almost god like male identity. As a female designer, I have created a look that is based on my personal take on the desirable male and strong female, akin to the Aztec’s worship of perfection.





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