The Future Leaders of Fashion
We're proud to reveal today the 12 finalist student designers that will showcase their graduate collections at the National Graduate Showcase presented by AMP Capital Shopping Centres and supported by Fashion Journal.
The 12 finalist designers are:
- Natalie Vladimiroff, University Of Technology Sydney, NSW
- Victoria Bliss, Victoria Bliss, RMIT, VIC
- Tony Lee, Tony Lee, University Of Technology Sydney, NSW
- William Thi, William Thi, RMIT, VIC
- Zhuxuan (Aimee) He, ZHUXUAN HE, University Of Technology Sydney, NSW
- Nehma Vitols, Nehma Vitols, University Of Technology Sydney, NSW
- Tara Bailey, Tara Miranne Bailey, University Of Technology Sydney, NSW
- Talia Jimenez, Talia Jimenez, University Of Technology Sydney, NSW
- Rochelle Bramich, 199X, Whitehouse Institute of Design, VIC
- Sarah Hope Schofield, Sarah Hope Schofield, RMIT, VIC
- Meredith Bullen, Meredith Bullen, University Of Technology Sydney, NSW
- Stephanie Henly, Stephanie Henly, RMIT, VIC
Handpicked from renowned design institutions and universities from across the country, the twelve finalists (four from VIC, seven from NSW and one from SA) will debut their capsule collection on a world-class stage to over 1200 consumers and influential industry leaders on Sunday 19 March at Melbourne’s iconic Royal Exhibition Building.
Also announcing AMP Capital Shopping Centres as the new presenting partner in 2017, the National Graduate Showcase will continue to support the next generation of designers and expand its reach nationally.
Demonstrating unrestrained style and limitless creativity, the selected designers will join a prestigious list of National Graduate Showcase alumni, including Gabrielle Brown (2014) and Rachael Zheng (2015), who have used the National Graduate Showcase to elevate their design skills and business experience to build well-established careers within the fashion industry.
One of 2010’s selected graduate, Georgia Lazzaro, is now the Design Director for New York City based fashion label Protagonist, with her designs stocked online and throughout America, Europe and Asia.
Please note: Melbourne Fashion Festival has a no-fur policy. The garments featured here are all faux fur.
The Festival's CEO, Graeme Lewsey, was joined by respected industry representatives, including Alicia Kemp, Fashion Category Manager at AMP Capital, Bridget McCall, Designer LIFEwithBIRD, Lisa Gorman, Designer Gorman, Georgie Cleary & Alex Cleary, Designers ALPHA60, Kate Gaskin, Stylist and Leah White, Editor of Fashion Journal, to select this year’s finalists from hundreds of applicants.
“The National Graduate Showcase provides a platform and unprecedented level of support for young designers kick starting their career. This year, we were blown away by the standard and level of design innovation by applicants who showed a level of maturity and industry understanding far beyond their years. We are proud to be able to provide this unique initiative,” said Graeme Lewsey.
AMP Capital Fashion Category Manager, Alicia Kemp quoted Walt Disney in saying, “if you can dream it you can do it” and said that AMP Capital is proud to be sponsoring these brilliant young designers in the National Graduate Showcase.
A photographic exhibition will be held at the Royal Exhibition Building from 14-19 March featuring images from the National Graduate Showcase fashion shoot in the February issue of Fashion Journal.
The 2017 National Graduate Showcase presented by AMP Capital Shopping Centres and supported by Fashion Journal will be held at the Royal Exhibition Building on Sunday 19 March at 7:30pm. Tickets are available now via Ticketek.
See the boundaries of fashion and art blur with unrestrained style and limitless creativity at the National Graduate Showcase on Sunday, March 19.