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Askew – RMIT Fashion Design Grads parade

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 brought the balmy evening, the Docklands provided the creative space and RMIT fashion students hosted an ambitious fashion parade. Upon arrival, I was glad I frocked up as students, families and friends dressed up to celebrate the collection, ‘Askew,’ designs from the 2009 RMIT Fashion, Textile Design and Footwear students. I expected garments to be over-adventurous but was pleasantly surprised with the ‘Askew’ collections. The fashion creations adopted on-trend and classic cuts with an independent style.

The first parade kicked off with volume. Crisp white shirts with ruffled detailing and voluminous sleeves made a regular appearance for both men and women teamed with vests, metallic harem pants and guys skinny-leg jeans. Jeans for guys appeared in red tie-dye, high sheen and leather fabrics all teamed with this seasons blazer. Blazers for both genders featured visible zips, asymmetrical cuts and featured in fabrics from velvet tartan check designs to woolen with cut-out leather patches. It was an array of neat casual garments featuring unusual cuts, styles and clever fabric patterns.

Part two of the parade featured a gorgeous burgundy gown with a jigsaw-puzzle cut-out near the decolletage and sheer fabric pieces throughout. Mixing tough fabrics like leather with stud detailing and sheer chiffon was a common theme throughout the parades. From a black and aqua maxi to minis teamed with jackets and patterns of cut-out sleeves I call this the ‘tough’ part of the parade. Silver studs lined jackets, exposed zips decorated dresses and skirts and silver metallic were evident in jackets with large shoulder pads, voluminous sleeves and sharp futuristic shapes. A hint of military was evident and guys kept to the skinny-leg trend from leather pants lined with sequins, (yes, boys go glam in this collection) and leather trends carrying through from Winter 09.

‘Provocative’ was the title of parade three featuring a lingerie piece, green and naturally laced with black including chiffon bra straps, and high waisted brief celebrated sexy figures and a burlesque theme. Cut-out one pieces and sweet bikini designs presented tribal patterns, bronze and creams, greys, whites and an occurring ‘sailor’ theme which creeps through each season. Bikini’s were lined with ruffles and bold bows and a gorgeous geometric pattern in one design with the primary colours. A gorgeous crepe-style maxi featured with a horse shoe neckline, gathering at the top and sun capturing fabric. To mix it up, a delightful yellow halter dress, waisted with a bright red belt and gold Tu-Tu layered below into a mini princess dress. It was a cute addition to the parade.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed with choice but largely inspired by all the wear-able options I settled in for ‘Every Occasion.’ Street wear at it’s finest with mini dresses in sky blue and Tye dye designs, teamed with cream studded vests and complimented with chiffon. Blazers were mid thigh length and well structured and all angles were considered from cuffs, gold metallic sleeves, shoulders were padded and decorated and leather dominated. An adventurous silver ‘millennium’ style mini dress featured trends like ‘ruffled’ shoulders, high colours and many trinkets lining the dress, not super practical but very creative. Two gowns finalised the parade with a black satin maxi with structured bodice and one side decorated in an array of peacock feathers in the gorgeous blue and green tones. My pick was the bold red dress layered entirely with pieces of textured circular material fanned out all over the dress. It had a small train and side split from a ‘Gothic’ collection although the glamorous side was clearly evident.

Presumptuous closed the parade featuring the ‘gowns’ section from mini, bridal and maxi. Eccentrically detailed bodices lined the bridal dress, and draping of different fabric textures and patterns, capes and trains featured throughout. A stand-out was a divine voluminous purple satin gown, a scoop back and delicate straps lined with crystals and a tiny waist belt. Mini dresses had bodices with draping and gathering and elegant cut-outs in parts of the garments. Feathers also decorated and from the structured classic fit to the voluminous shift style this collection was truly desirable.

I expected the eccentric, I expected the over-ambitious and I received a truly outstanding collection of unique, creative and wardrobe friendly pieces from a group of talented fashion students. An array of gorgeous fabrics, fantasy pieces and from tough to elegant, I was impressed with the future of our fashion industry.

If your work features in our gallery, please leave a comment below as I’d love to get your name out there! – Ed.

Wise words by Angela Fedele
Inventive imagery by Ker Fern Tan

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