Nothing burns brighter than the passion of a young creative supporting one another. Exploring the context and circumstance of creative students interested in the playing fields of fashion, we set out to RMIT’s Movements Fashion Showcase, presented by RMIT Link Arts and Culture, along with First Site Gallery, to discuss the differences and similarities between their career aspirations, and personal and professional threads. For the 9th year in a row, RMIT students showcase their work as part of Virgin Australia’s Melbourne Fashion Week. From discussing daily routine to curating a collection, RMIT current students, teachers and alumni share their words on finding their style and inspiration for a better-curated sense of self.




“My style is probably like an ex-Courtney Love, sort of more Peaches now with all the sequins. I just like a bit of a trashbag sort of look – I don’t know. The dress I’m wearing is from Ringwood Savers, and it’s quite a lovely work dress you can get away with sometimes, even though you’re supposed to wear a business shirt at work.”



“Style is what feels best – I like finding things and textures – it’s very intuitive. Finding things, being excited by it, usually the choice is whether I love it or not and I find those pieces I really love.”



“I love Rei Kawakubo because she is so incredibly inventive. She’s just so innovative – I have a few of her pieces – I have a checkered dress from 1993, and I have one piece from 2001 which I bought in Greece.”



“An emerging designer should stay with their passion and try not to compromise why they are in the business, why they started to do what they are doing, to try and not get caught up in the commercialization of the industry.”



“I used to wear my mum’s shoes, I loved high heels as a girl and I still do now. I don’t know, it gave me a weird sensation that I was sophisticated and lady-like and it’s kind of a strange thing. Actually, I remember one pair from being a child, they were quite ugly and they were from the Philippines, but it’s the way they made me feel – that’s why I liked them.”



“I really like this designer that I only know off through Tumblr, and it’s like all this amazing stuff but I’ve never seen his real clothes in real life. Tumblr is great – I don’t know, it’s a platform for designers that are resisting institutions or resisting traditional forms of fashion or art hierarchy, it gives a good avenue for minority designers.”



“I really love the process of making fabric and the design process – I’m very processed driven. Even when I didn’t know what textiles was I loved it, I’ve always sewn, I’ve sewn since I was five and moved on to textiles, like I used to dye a lot of my t-shirts in high school and make cool patterns.”



“Comfy, baggy, second hand, I like what’s comfortable. Pretty much everything I own is second hand. I live in Brunswick, so I op-shop all over the place. Sometimes I’d buy one thing, sometimes I’d buy five things, depends what I find.”



“My mum was a musician in a band with a few other women, she did really amazing harmonies. Her band was called Rock Chicks – very The Dyvinals – with black Cuban heel boots and black leather. I used to watch my mum get ready for gigs when she was younger, and she’d put on all her kind of sequins, velure and spaghetti strap tops that she got from op shops and things, and putting on her makeup and looking really fabulous and wearing only maroon and black gear.”



“Well, I say my style is casual ex-punk hippie, and now I just like to kind of chill, but I still like having a sense of style but now it’s more relaxed and bit of a mix of a raggedy guy. I like old things and the nostalgia that comes with that, having something no one else can have. But I feel like I look good, and I like looking good, and that makes me comfortable.”



“I’ve always been really interested in law and the dynamics of it as a fluid occupation. There are so many different aspects of it, I’m particularly interested in copyright and intellectual property stuff, and I’d like to go into entertainment law and arts-based work. I don’t want to be wearing the wig or slapping down the hammer or whatever. I’ve got lots of friends in the music industry, and I know how hard it is for a lot of people to get proper representation and to get paid for what they do. Not just in music, in fashion and all other art forms. People who are creative, struggle with the other side of things including getting paid properly for what they are doing.”



“I love Claire Barruss, she illustrates everything she does; paints on the fabric and it’s got this really cool grunge vibe. But Anastacia Close has inspired my current collection – she works into this genre of art ‘the aesthetitc of the pathetic’ – meaning fashion has a problem with failure, thus this work is accepting failure, as it shouldn’t be demonised, because it’s just another outcome. This work is really about that, and velcro, for example, in my investigations has been seen as a fashion feaux pa – people hate Velcro, so why not use it in my collection?”



“My earliest memeory of fashion is this blue raincoat, I had when I was four or five. I’m not even sure I really remembered it until I saw it in a photo a couple of months ago – It was just plain blue but when I saw that photo, it activated memories of my mum taking me on walks through rainforests, so I guess it was my rainforest coat.”



“I like dressing plain and simple and neat. It’s easy to work with, you can go anywhere, you can dress up, dress down and use an outfit for many different reasons. Yet, I’m very sunburnt at the moment, went out on Saturday and had a few wines in the sun, so you got to be sun smart also.”



“I go from fitness to goth in a day and a half, it depends on what mood I wake up with, what fits on the day, and what’s clean. Forest witch to fitness freak. Retro to rock to goth to biker.”



“My dad used to wear really graphic ’80s jumpers, my nanna used to knit with really bold graphic prints like bright blue and bright yellow and I’d be like yeah – that’s my jam, like Cosby Sweaters. I’m still waiting to inherit them.”



“Anyone should cleverly navigate their way through the various creative institutions or various art schools, find a course that makes you go ‘ohh so good, I’d love to know how to make that kind of art’ and use those insitutions shamelessly to build your own career. The institution will support you with the equipment that you need, and you can make anything.”


Cover Image
Photographer: Trent Pace
Designer: Connie Diamantopoulos
Model: Lewis McMaster
HMUA: Chloe Rose