National Graduate Showcase Finalists

Handpicked from renowned design institutions and universities across the country, we asked the 12 Australian graduate finalists showcasing their collections at The National Graduate Showcase on 7 March 2019 what you can expect from each of their collections. Here's what each of them had to say. 

What should people know about your collection? 

This collection is #1 of the replica project. The project will continue on to #2 and will be once again be based upon an iconic archival look. Amanda Nichols

“Kitsch, Please!” is a textile - driven, womenswear collection with a focus on knitwear. I wanted to challenge the possibilities of knitwear, embellishment and both, combined. It was a couture - like approach. Ariana Patawaran 

Garments in my collection are kinetic and voluminous but moreover, they have audio in it, which can only be experienced while wearing, all these tactilities are part of the geography of Kota Doria (where this fabric come from). Benjamin Garg 

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Amanda Nichols, Ariana Patawaran and Benjamin Garg

Besides the individual scales for the net dresses, which are laser cut, everything within the collection bears the effects of handwork. Tweeds and Cable knits are actually hand dyed and needle felted whilst ‘mud stained’ and ‘worn through’ garments are hand dyed or bleached to give weather appearances. Conor Utri  

The prints are actually screenshots of my friends’ Instagram uploads, comments and status’ that have been distorted and morphed in a way that makes them unidentifiable and visually quite overwhelming and chaotic. Eily Shaddock

My collection explores gesture and Persian calligraphy through textile design and screen prints which are a consistent and vital focus for my practice. My black and white collection is also a response to, and in support of the current political protest of Persian women, “Girls of Revolution Street”, against compulsory Hijab by taking off their scarf and standing in public, on one hand and, the stereotyped image of women in veil in the West, on the other hand; achieved through the collaboration of a scarf within a garment. Golnaz Rezaei Daghigh 

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Conor Utri, Eily Shaddock and Golnaz Rezaei Daghigh.

The AURA collection is an expression of the exploration of shape and placement through considered textiles and dye techniques. The collection is genderless meaning it is open to any individual who appreciates the design. Hannah Culshaw 

The collection is made mostly of denim, with the only other fabrication being lace as a lining and to create the patterning on the denim. Hannah Schoemaker 

The collection was sponsored by Australian Wool Innovations and I worked alongside Calcoup Knitwear Company to create some extraordinary jaquard knits. Calcoup works alongside schools to create mass amounts of school jumpers and uniforms, so asking them to create placement, 4 colour jacquards with lurex, florals and colours was such a fun experience and a challenge for both parties! These jacquards were placed alongside knitted metal that I knitted myself. Isabella Snelson

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Hannah Culshaw, Hannah Schoemaker and Isabella Snelson.

All the fabrics in the collection are hand dyed with natural dyes and some of the wooden pieces are also treated with dye. All of the wooden pieces are joined by either hand sewing or chains and jump rings so they took quite a bit of time to make. Jessica Xie 

I hope that people can take away a different perception of fashion other than defining it as clothes but as sculptural textile art pieces that moves with the body. Ruby Phan 

Every piece of fabric was custom made through embroidery, knitwear and patchwork. This follows through to my shoes including those crazy platform shoes that were made from layered thongs coated in liquid rubber. Sarah Hawes 

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Jessica Xie, Ruby Phan and Sarah Hawes.

National Graduate Showcase
Presented by Target, Supported by FASHION JOURNAL
Friday March 7
Royal Exhibition Building
Tickets now on sale


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