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National Graduate Showcase | VAMFF 2015

National Graduate Showcase by Carolyn West for StyleMelbourne.com

This may be the most sophisticated National Graduate Showcase I’ve ever witnessed at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. Alumni of Melbourne’s RMIT, and Sydney’s UTS, presented accomplished collections based on impressively elucidated  concepts. Their inspiration points ranged from from painter Georgia O’Keeffe, to Chinatown collages, to the Japanese concept of

National Graduate Showcase | Melbourne Fashion Festival | 2014

Gabrielle Brown at the National Graduate Showcase VAMFF 2014. Photography by Scott Gick for StyleMelbourne.

From enormous teddy bears to optical illusions to kinetic movement to mementos; inspirations for the collections included in the National Graduate Showcase at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival are always vast and varied. Fashion design graduates Juliette Booth, Gabrielle Brown, Chin Hau Tay, Tan Thanh Trieu, Victoria Thaniotis, Yan Wang,

Preview | National Graduate Showcase 2014

Texture and tactility are key this Autumn/Winter season, a trend which the dozen stellar fashion design graduates chosen for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s 2014 National Graduate Showcase seem to have collectively tapped into. Here’s a little glimpse of the ideas we will see on the runway.Congratulations to bright

Sportsgirl National Graduate Showcase at LMFF 2013

I remember quite a few years ago they had to basically give away tickets to Sportsgirl’s National Graduate Showcase to fill the space. No more! It seems Melbourne has cottoned on to the fact that it is consistently the most entertaining and inspiring runway at LMFF and the grads now

DressCode: Mimco Runway & National Graduate Showcase

Dress (worn as top) by Sportsgirl Cuff by Swarovski ‘Luxe Lock‘ tote bag, a gift from Mimco, as part of the Front Row bloggers’ project. I find its black sequins quite delicious for daytime. Skirt by Witchery Shoes by Mollini from Styletread Belt by Morrison Colour Riche lipstick in ‘Magnetic

LMFF: National Graduate Showcase 2012

The National Graduate Showcase is always among my favourite runways at L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. The collections of the Australian fashion design graduates selected to show here range from highly experimental, uninhibited by commercial restraints to saleable fully-realised ranges that I’d buy in an instant. This year inspiration was derived

LMFF National Graduate Showcase 2011 (with video)

Sportsgirl’s goodie bags at LMFF’s National Graduate Showcase supplied our tastebuds with heart-shaped lollipops yet, in a feast for the peepers, the eye-candy was right there on the runway. For me, this was perhaps the best showing of Australian fashion graduates at the festival that I’ve witnessed. Yes, many of

National Graduate Showcase preview

The L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival and Sportsgirl introduced us – along with past ‘Sportsgirl likes’ designers Alpha60 and LIFEwithBIRD – to the 12 graduate designers from around the country that have been chosen to be an integral part of the 2011 festival. Formerly called Metamorphosis, the national Graduate Showcase will

VAMFF | National Graduate Designer of the Year Rachael Zheng

Remember this collection on the National Graduate catwalk at VAMFF recently? It’s called ‘Lilt’ by emerging designer Rachael Zheng, who has just been announced as the winner of Target’s $25,000 grant plus she’ll get to release a capsule ‘Designers for Target’ collection with the department store. “I am pinching myself,”

Gabrielle Brown | Graduate Fashion Designer of 2014

RMIT graduate fashion designer Gabrielle Brown has been announced as 2014’s winner out of the dozen finalists in the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s National Graduate Showcase supported by Target. Her collection ‘Kinesis’ juxtaposes grass-roots craftmanship like pin tucking and cording with the high-technology of 3D printed rubber. A collaboration