Big Questions and Big Ideas

Panel Discussion

Join a panel of multidisciplinary PhD and Masters candidates from the RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles for a night of Big Questions and Big Ideas.

The vibrant and diverse panel of researchers will discuss how complex research is making a difference in understanding a changing industry. With expertise varying from the political, ethical, cultural, sensory, and environmental aspects of fashion, to reclaiming the past and speculating about the future, the panel will cover some of the Big Questions they are tackling with their research.

Questions and ideas from the public will be welcomed as we celebrate a night of tackling and challenging the Big Issues in fashion with Big Ideas.

Free event, RSVP required – details to follow. 

  • Clarice Garcia 
    Clarice Garcia is a trend forecaster and Ph.D. candidate. Her research interests lie in the area of futurism and speculative design. She is conducting a practice-based Ph.D. research about fashion in 2050, investigating how vintage clothing could be redesigned and transformed through technology.


  • Anna Anisimova
    Fashion and art history have been Anna’s main professional and personal interests for over 15 years. Anna has engaged in a range of disciplines within these areas, including fashion design and product management, photography and graphic design, event management, art curatorship, as well as tertiary teaching and workshop leadership.Her industry experience has involved collaboration with European, East Asian, and Australian companies in Designer, Product Manager, and Apparel Manager roles for both mass-market and high-end women’s and children’s clothing. Anna commenced her studies with the Saint Petersburg University of Technology and Design and the University of Lapland in Finland, before completing her Master of Fashion at the Polytechnic University of Milan. Anna is currently undertaking a doctorate with RMIT University in the history of maternity wear in Australia, investigating digital methodologies for fashion studies, and engaging in case studies applying artificial intelligence in archival studies.


  • Fernanda Quilici
    Fernanda is a fashion designer, traditional textile-crafts expert and facilitator. She researches the political power of traditional textile-crafts, specifically for people in marginalised conditions. She believes in making, by hand and within a group setting, as a powerful transformative experience that can empower individuals and communities.


  • Rashmita Bardalai
    Rashmita’s background as a textile/ graphic designer has encompassed fusion of traditional craft with modern materials as well as developing novel functional fabrics for the automotive industry. Her interdisciplinary research in emotions, materials and haptic sensations in regard to emotional categoraisation of materials is relevant to a variety of diverse disciplines of design, psychology, material science and health.


  • Tom McEvoy
    Tom McEvoy is an innovative researcher into Australian fashion history, exploring how to enhance and enliven the way it can be explored. He’s currently on a Masters scholarship at the Fashion and Textiles school at RMIT University. He’s an interdisciplinary academic bringing together his experience as a script writer, photographer and video editor to examine a millennialisation of Australian fashion heritage.Tom has previously held retrospectives of once famous Australian fashion identities such as Elvie Hill, Simon Shinberg, Ken Paynter and Jill Kemelfield. The shows are a hybrid of interactivity where garments can be worn beyond the catwalk. Intermixing storytelling elements with an intimate discussion of the stories behind the garments, Tom challenges the traditions of a passive fashion history exhibition environment. 


  • Rute Chaves
    Rute Chaves is a research-based artist/designer performing experimental material investigations, exploring alternative methodologies and critical approaches to sustainability. The object is not seen as a result in its self, but as a conversation, that believes that good design lies in the act and not only in the artifact. An intention to look into the significance of objects as cultural conduits. Their studio work focuses on the re-interpretation of craft in a digital context, the social impact of craft as expression, and of the processes of fabrication. They believe that a holistic approach in which the relationship between surface and form is seen as integrated can communicate multiple perspectives. They are also engaged in an interdisciplinary understanding which opens up new possibilities for the creative process.


  • Ritika Vohra
    Ritika Vohra is pursuing a creative practice-based research in Fashion and Textiles from RMIT and with more than 7 years’ experience working in the fashion industry. She is exploring touch as a method for design ideation within the textile making practice. By utilising craft-making techniques, she challenges ocularcentric approaches to design and making which focus visual dominance in aesthetics.


  • Remie Cibis
    Remie Cibis is a creative fashion practitioner whose work explores the slippages and spaces that exist between bodies and clothes. Drawing on her experience as a commercial pattern-maker and her background in contemporary art, she employs garment-making, photographic and performance-based strategies, to re-imagine archetypal fashion forms and readymade commercial garments.


  • Rachel Lamarche
    Rachel Lamarche M.A. is a Doctoral student within the RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles examining the relationship between Veganism and Fashion from various angles including the impacts and opportunities for the fashion industry and the implications for consumer purchasing behaviour. She has a bachelor’s degree in Fashion business from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a master’s degree in Arts management from RMIT University. She worked as a stylist in Montreal, Canada, and in public relations at luxury fashion house Stella McCartney in New York and Paris before moving to Australia in 2013.


  • Yasaman Samie
    Yasaman is a PhD candidate at RMIT university with a research interest on textile and clothing waste. In 2016, Yasaman co-wrote a book chapter in “Detox Fashion-Cleaning Up Fashion Sector” by Springer Link Publications. She has previously worked as a researcher for varied places such as Re:textile. Currently, she is tutoring at RMIT school of Fashion and Textiles.

This event is owned and operated by RMIT University and proudly promoted by Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival as part of the Independent Program. Please contact the organiser directly for further information.

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