National Graduate Showcase: Lucie Martyr
The National Graduate Showcase is a prestigious runway celebrating the next generation of Australian fashion design talent. Handpicked from renowned design institutions and universities across the country, see Australia’s brightest graduate talent shine under the Royal Exhibition Building dome.
Lucie has been selected as one of twelve finalists to appear in the National Graduate Showcase.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from, where did you study?
I’m 22, from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. I have grown up with a very inspiring family who love travel and creativity. I was born in Paris where my parents lived for a couple of years, and then lived in Canada and Brazil before moving to Australia. My two younger sisters are everything, both very different but very involved in the influences of my work for different reasons. I have just recently completed my Honours in Fashion Design at the University of Technology Sydney. It was honestly one of the hardest yet most rewarding years I am yet to have.
Can you please tell us about your collection? What was the inspiration for it, and what is your favourite thing about your collection? What can people take away from your collection?
I think flowers are phenomenal. Their shape, colour, movement, and most importantly the possible semiotics behind them. Flowers have long been associated with women and their distracting beauty when in reality it is a true metaphor for all genders. A flower is only considered perfect if it is hermaphrodite and if it is not, it is deemed imperfect. I think flowers are here to remind us of equality’s true meaning. In this millennial world, could we become so distracted by the power of women and forget the evolution of man? Through my collection I hoped to represent this hypothetical dystopia where women have pushed so far for equality, they have led themselves straight to superiority. Through the process of material, form and visual tension, I have created a collection which revolutionises the way we see the power of a woman through a hyper-feminine world.
What journey/pathway led you to where you are now? Were you always intending to be a fashion designer? What is the most valuable thing you learnt while studying fashion design?
From a very young age I knew I loved to create, whether that was fashion, painting or sculpting. My Grandma was a dress designer, and I clearly remember getting on the bus to Orange in my school holidays just to spend the week with her sewing. Through all of my teens I continued to sew and quickly learnt that fashion is art and every piece I made could mean something spectacular. Doing my degree in fashion has only highlighted that. Each piece can tell a story, which is what I loved most about art.
What do you think are the most important issues in fashion at the moment? As a new designer, what is something that you want to bring to the industry?
I fear today’s increase in throw-out consumerism, and want to find a way that defers society from fast fashion. I hope to create pieces that last a lifetime and more, pieces that are not just clothes but also items of history. I truly believe this will be one of the solutions to a more sustainable industry.
Who or what inspires you?
Travel, art and people are the greatest places to look for inspiration. Whenever I go away, I see new buildings and landscapes, food and art which I always document, taking photos of the colours and patterns. I have hundreds and hundreds of photos of bursts of colour from closeups of paintings, flowers and buildings that I always look back on for reference. Of course, people play a huge part in what inspires me. Most particularly my family and friends, the people who are around me every day, designers and artists like Simone Rocha, Molly Goddard and Frida Kahlo, and people who are strangers to me. Things that are concerning them, things that make them live and love and do. These things play a huge part in deciding what stories to tell.
What do you do in your down time? What do you do to switch off from fashion?
I love to cook. It is only a recent passion but it is very strong. However, I’m a very messy cook. My mum tells me that that this is my creative side coming through. I also love new places, even if it means a new swimming place only an hour away, I love discovering new things to see.
What's in store for you for 2018?
I definitely want to start working this year. I’m very keen to learn more from a professional point of view and hopefully get to a place where I can start something of my own. That definitely won’t be 2018 though. That's a long term dream and something I will work hard for.
National Graduate Showcase
Friday March 9
Royal Exhibition Building
Tickets now on sale