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The Graduates: L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2012

The graduate fashion designers that the L’Oreal Fashion Festival team have dubbed Australia’s brightest new design stars have been named for 2012. Amelia Agosta, Anisha Bhoyro, Anna Langdon, Chris Ran Lin, Courtney White, Ju Young Seo, Laura Huishan Li, Natalia Grzybowski, Rica Hardian, Sally Edwards, Stephanie McPherson and Tayler Ainley make up the talented dozen.

Below a handful of Melbourne’s fashion graduates -all from RMIT – give us a preview of their collections, to be showcased at a dedicated LMFF runway event supported by Sportsgirl. Here’s an insight into their design aesthetic (and also, perhaps the future of Australian fashion).

Chris Ran Lin

Describe your graduate collection?
My collection is about diverse material and textures [that] collide and fuse harmoniously. Knit and woven impact with 3D objects and 2D pattern, tradition married with new technology. Creating the new vision of modern menswear.

If you could only design for one person in the world who would it be?
This one is good, because I never think about this. I think I would love to dress Audrey Hepburn. She is so amazing.

Ultimate fashion dream?
Well, the biggest dream must be have my own label and have shops in Paris , NY and Hong Kong.

The next step?
Actually it is a bit scary having just graduated from university. Every designer must have a very big dream, and I am one of them. At the moment I am refining my collection for NGS [National Graduate Showcase] and the iD Dunedin Emerging Designer Awards. And also designing my new collection.

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Anisha Bhoyro

Describe your graduate collection?
My graduate collection explores new ways of making garments that eliminates waste during the design and construction process. I aim to promote the value of keeping and treasuring clothing rather than the throw-away mentality encouraged by high street brands

Design heroes?
My favourite references are historical Haute Couture; Vionnet, Balenciaga. But local to Melbourne I admire Materialbyproduct.

Ultimate fashion dream?
I would love to have my own couture house in Paris with an unlimited budget! But I guess to be in any position where I can be continue to be creative, and maintain my design philosophy is my ultimate dream.

The next step?
There is so much I want to learn about this industry, I plan to travel to Europe; Milan, Paris, London and gain experience for the next couple of years.

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Rica Hardian

Describe your graduate collection?
My graduate collection is titled GEOGAMI – a geometric origami inspired collection consisting of a folding mechanism that combines the Japanese art of origami and digital printing. Each garment is derived from a two-dimensional structure that is segmented and folded to create a silhouette. The aim of this work was to investigate the intersection between fashion and folding technique and the medium itself (fabrics). Connection between folding and fashion is allowing this project to investigate structural garment transformation through an original origami shape.

If you could only design for one person in the world who would it be?
Issey Miyake. It would be really fun because he is one of my fashion role models.

Design heroes?
Madeleine Vionnet is my hero, I look at most at the way she creates a strong technique of pattern making and the aesthetic of her work through body and movement.

The next step?
Looking for more experience in fashion industry, do an internship and work overseas (probably London or New York) to experience the fashion industry there.

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Amelia Agosta

Describe your graduate collection?
“Engineered Distortion” fuses together craft and technology. Informed by the architectural style deconstructivism, the collection maintains intricate pattern making and traditional tailoring techniques through sculptural forms, distorted shapes and hard and soft materials. 3D body scanning and 3D printing technologies are instrumental in articulating sculpted forms composed of repetitive lines and geometries that wrap around the female body.

Fashion heroes?
The label Alexander McQueen, purely for it’s avant-garde aesthetic and sculptural nature, creating such beautiful and well crafted pieces, successfully exploring materials to extremes, from natural and synthetic, to conventional and innovative materials. Michael Lo Sordo Australian designer for his beautiful and intricate digital prints but also exceptional tailoring and sharp silhouettes. Iris van Herpen for her exquisite craftsmanship and 
innovation in technique and materials. She constantly pushes the definition of what is considered to be fashion and art through her innovative designs and silhouettes that too fuses together craft and technology.

Ultimate fashion dream?
To live in Europe or London working in the studio for Givenchy or Alexander McQueen. Presenting my own label at Australian Fashion Week, and to succeed internationally.

The next step?
For the past two years I have worked part time with Melbourne based label Anne Lewis, in which I have gained much knowledge and experience working under the guidance of a highly experienced designer and mentor. Currently I am re-producing pieces from the collection and a few other items to sell. I also hope to either intern or work overseas in Europe or London within a reputable fashion house within the next few years. This would be a great opportunity to gain world-class experience, as my long-term dream is to open up my own label in Australia.

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Designs by Chris Ran Lin & Ju Young Seo

Ju Young Seo

Laura Huishan Li

Stephanie McPherson

Image credits – Amelia Agosta: Photographer Anthea O’Brien, Models Mia & Teale at Darley Management, Hair & Makeup Carrie Bath, Jewellery Alexandra Blak. Anisha Bhoyro: Photographer Tess Kelly.

One Thought on “The Graduates: L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2012

  1. The future of Oz fashion is looking bright and shiny. Welcome to the fold baby designers!

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