RMIT UNIVERSITY RELEASE GRADUATE FASHION DESIGN PREVIEW
In collaboration with RMIT University and the School of Fashion and Textiles, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation will preview the final graduate designs of RMIT Master of Fashion (Design) students (with the full release on December 10). The presentation will be especially notable for showcasing groundbreaking new approaches to fashion practice in a year of great uncertainty, highlighting the students’ ingenuity in realising their collections in the face of pandemic restrictions, drastic industry changes, profound social shifts, and urgent environmental concerns.
Streaming via video on the MPavilion website today, this RMIT Master of Fashion (Design) event will feature the 2020 graduates Chaoying Han, Chloe Dong, Clare He, Genie Sun, Mark Blake, Miki Huang, Norah Yin, Peter Sanders, Pieyue Qin, Rosanna Li, Tiantian Zhang, Vincent Huang, and Wei Pi.
Since 2015, RMIT University students have collaborated with MPavilion to showcase the next wave of talent in the Australian fashion scene. In premiering their creatively diverse, critical, and thoughtful collections through the film First Look, these Master of Fashion (Design) graduates will also offer important new insights into—and possibilities around—the future of fashion.
Naomi Milgrom AC, founder of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, said: “MPavilion is always proud to showcase Melbourne’s rising stars of fashion design. This year, these students have prevailed in the face of immense challenges and triumphed. With determination, innovation, and talent, they have persevered through trial after trial to produce inspiring collections that truly speak to our time.”
Professor Robyn Healy, Dean of RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles, said: “MPavilion provides an innovative platform for our fashion design graduates to explore new experiences and future understandings of what we wear and the spectacle of performance. This unique opportunity enables the latest fashion ideas to be shared with Melbourne and the world. This year the digital experience has generated some extraordinary creations grown out of lock-downs, limited resources, creative imaginations, and resilience, expressing new ways of producing and presenting fashion.”
Directed by Associate Dean of Fashion and Textiles Design, Dr Ricarda Bigolin, First Look has been produced in collaboration with artist and videographer Kate Meakin, cinematographer Brett Harrison, sound designer Andrew Wilson, photographer Myles Pedlar, stylist Blake Barns, hair and makeup artist Xeneb Allen and production by Chantal Kirby.
In 2020, MPavilion aims to stimulate artistic engagement with a more significant investment in artists, designers, and performers than ever before. Its amplified new program—running until Monday 5 April 2021—occurs entirely online in November, and then online and in multiple physical locations from December onwards. Australia’s leading architecture and design event, the season comprises over 400 free events—including talks, workshops, performances, kid-friendly activities, and community projects and installations.
MPavilion is supported by principal partners City of Melbourne, the State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria, and RACV.
Audiences can tune into the editors cut of the ‘First Look’— RMIT Master of Fashion (Design) graduate showcase, by visiting www.mpavilion.org on Monday 30 November at 6 pm. The full video goes live on the website December 10.
Key dates and useful links:
- MPavilion is opened free to the public until Monday 5 April 2021
- For MPavilion’s Covid-19 Safe Plan, please visit https://mpavilion.org/covid-
- For further information, including program times, please visit www.mpavilion.org
About the RMIT Master of Fashion (Design) graduates
Chaoying Han completed her Bachelor of Fashion in China before moving to Melbourne to undertake her Masters of Fashion (Design) at RMIT.. While undertaking her Bachelor she developed an interest in traditional Chinese costume, specifically the approach to pattern drafting/ cutting and traditional silhouettes. Chaoying became interested in how these traditional garment forms and accessories might serve new functions within contemporary life. Through her masters collection, she aims to eliminate perceived boundaries between a traditional Chinese wardrobe and a modern one, creating a collection of garments that effectively communicate within daily life through materiality, hardware, and detail.
Chinese-born designer Chloe Dong graduated from her Bachelor of Fashion Design degree at Shanghai Institute of Vital Arts (Detao) in 2018. Her Master of Fashion (Design) project furthers a key interest in textile, print and developing a ‘universal costume’. Within the project, engineered textiles and forms reflect dynamic bodies moving through and surveilled within the digital space with tailored archetypes sitting at the intersection of uniform and costume.
Clare He completed her honours degree at The Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. The inspiration for Clare’s Masters project was seeded in observing the working lives of women within Chinese society. Clare is interested in repressed self expression ideas and the potential for escape through dress, looking specifically at how uniform archetypes, such as the classic white shirt, might perform as a slippage within daily routine.
Genie Sun completed her Bachelor degree at China Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and is currently completing her Master of Fashion (Design) at RMIT. Through her collection Genie focuses on the figure in space, specifically exploring the relationship between body movement and garments. She believes the desire for clothing that offers the wearer greater freedom and user function will be prioritised in the future. Utilising different methods of elastication and the application of innovative technology through different fabrics, she aims to bring freedom to the human body and at the same time improve the overall function of a garment.
Having grown up in country NSW, Mark Blake used fashion as a form of escapism from his rural life. A self-taught maker, in this isolated setting he was consumed by aspirations of Parisian “Haute Couture”. Mark’s Master of Fashion (Design) collection subverts these antipodean visions through allowing luxury materials, methods, and techniques to embody the idea of the ‘affordable Aussie couturier’. Mark’s collection is a response to direct experiences within the bridal industry and questions the cultural realities of “couture” creation in the context of current Australian fashion markets.
Born in China and based in Melbourne, Miki Huang graduated from Kingston University, London in 2018 and completed a one-year fashion textiles design program at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Miki’s masters project explores physical and mental relationships between the human body/mind, the interiors we inhabit, and the objects we select to fill these. Miki believes clothing can act as a medium between object, space, and body. Her project ‘Indoor Self-Salvation Guide’ both analyses and communicates what she refers to as ‘Indoor Syndrome’ where sensations of body, object, and space merge through the psychic rituals of daily routine.
Norah Yin commenced her fashion studies foundational costume design, Wimbledon College of Arts followed by her Honours of Fashion Design, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. Her Master of Fashion (Design) project ‘The Future Cosmograd Dressing Guide Book’ imagines an advanced space colony upholding a unified approach to design, dress, and technology. This hypothetical scenario is expressed through a series of functional garments that dress and uniform a cast of future identities and situates her practice within what she considers is the future role of a fashion designer: to produce sustainable, integrated, wearable artefacts for a future way of living.
Peter Sanders, a Melbourne based practitioner, focuses on how fashion might dismantle its current systems. His 2020 Master of Fashion (Design) project develops and harnesses emergent ways in which contemporary fashion practitioners can both design and make with limited direct access to materials, machinery, and community. Directly informed by his first-hand experiences of operating within harsh restrictions imposed in response to the pandemic, his work aims both to critique standardised formal aspects of the design process, and proposes new ways of production.
Chinese born designer Peiyue Qin completed her Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) in 2019 and her current Master of Fashion (Design) collection is an extension of themes established within these studies. With an emphasis on material development before form, Peiyue has collaborated directly with factories in China to develop custom textural woven cloths and unique ribbed knitwear. The friction and synthesis between these textiles, their inherent natural qualities and formal variations of silhouette held taut with elastic finishes harnessing full billowed forms are what interest Peiyue most.
Rosanna Li is a fashion designer trained in both traditional and digital processes. Rosanna is interested in the rapidly emerging role of digital technology within the fashion industry and social experience. Pivoting around consistent themes of sustainability, materiality and diversity, Li’s Master of Fashion (Design) project explores potential methods of integrating digital technology into the way we design, produce, and consume fashion.
Tiantian Zhang is a Chinese born, Melbourne based fashion designer. Tiantian focuses on how to extend the decorative while maintaining functionality and comfort. Through lived experience and the analysis of peoples interpersonal relationship and emotional state during the current epidemic, Tiantian explores miscommunications, contradictions and the concealment of non-face-to-face communication. The contrast generated by the use of architectural silhouettes and hollowed elements echo these contradictory elements.
Originally from Beijing China, Vincent Huang completed his undergraduate degree at the Beijing Institute Of Fashion Technology. Since graduating, Vincent has focused his fashion practice around hand leather craft, utilising traditional Chinese, Japanese and western construction, decorative and print techniques. Combined with an interest in tattoo and vintage militaria Vincent through his Master of Fashion (Design) collection expands and refines his propositions for what a sustainable modern accessory, its form and its functions, can be.
Wei Pi is a Chinese-born designer, currently completing a Master of Fashion (Design) degree at RMIT University. Wei’s Masters project speculates the future of formalwear in the context of genderless fashion. Subverting both silhouette and fabric, she deconstructs and reimagines the traditional formal structure and language of this category of dress.
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