Image: Daniel Boud

Future Fashion

Exhibition
On now – 4 October 2021 Powerhouse Museum

Provides a glimpse into the exciting potential of the next generation of Australian fashion designers. It showcases outfits from the final-year ranges of top students from four Sydney-based fashion design schools:

  • Fashion Design Studio, TAFE NSW, Ultimo Campus
  • Torrens University Australia – Billy Blue College of Design
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Whitehouse Institute of Design

The Australian fashion industry generates millions in domestic and export earnings, making it a key component of our cultural and creative industries sector. Fashion design schools prepare graduates to take on diverse roles in the industry, fostering creativity, critical thinking and entrepreneurship.

Benjamin Rando: Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia

‘A deeply personal and sensual experience, these dresses examine the relationship between the female form and materiality through movement, colour and texture. Exploring the intense relationship between art and fashion, and with permission from celebrated Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton, I have created a beaded evening gown inspired by one of her works. The hand- beaded embroidery and individually applied, custom-dyed ostrich feathers celebrate the textile art and skill of haute couture artisans.’

Sally Jackson: University of Technology Sydney

‘These outfits from my Bowerbird collection demonstrate ways to reduce textile waste. I was inspired by the bowerbird’s unique courtship behaviour in which males entice a mate by building a nest with brightly coloured objects derived from human waste. In the same way, I have created elaborate, ritualistic garments out of found materials. I sourced textiles from preloved garments and vintage and donated fabrics, including my mother’s wedding dress. Hand-printed and embellished with jewellery and upcycled Swarovski crystals, the garments reflect the bowerbird’s aesthetics and behaviour.’

Alexander Lyon: Fashion Design Studio – TAFE NSW Ultimo Campus

‘My Bourgeoisie collection captures the electricity and vibrancy of the Parisian club scene around 1900 and combines it with the grungy and often-seedy underground world of addiction. Heavily inspired by the life and works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the collection draws parallels between that of the famed French artist and my own personal struggles.  Somewhat cathartically, creating the garments gave me a sense of personal rebirth and a hopeful optimism for the future.’

Thomas Saint-Cyr: Torrens University Australia – Billy Blue College of Design

‘My Form Through Adversity Spring/Summer 2021 collection looks to nature and the rich, fluid, organic patterns found within. With these components as my main inspiration, I applied the various elements into a contemporary fashion context, using their innately feminine and voluptuous curves to contour and shape the body, creating new silhouettes, shapes and proportions. Seeking to develop designs that are ethically and environmentally responsible I used recycled fabrics and AVITERA®️SE reactive dyes, which are free from hazardous arylamine chemicals.’

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