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Feature: New Australian designer graduates shine at Melbourne’s RMIT


Rose Megirian's exhibiton work

Rose Megirian's exhibiton work



It doesn’t get much fresher than this: presenting the class of 2011. 


By: Rebecca Martin

Copenhagen, Denmark


The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology boasts Australia’s top fashion course, with an alumni that includes some of Australian fashions top exports including couture designer Toni Maticevski and cult street wear and lifestyle brand Perks And Mini. At the close of the year, the soon to be graduates presented their work at the Emerging Designer Series as part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. Their presentations were split over two events: the RMIT Student runway show and 3 ¾ exhibition.


The RMIT student runway is one of the most anticipated shows of Spring Fashion Week, as the industry folk and fashion following public know to expect the unexpected from a new generation of designers. Creativity and innovation are what their shows are known for, and once again this year the students delivered. Designers’ explored materials including neoprene and moulded leather, colour and texture in the form of knitwear and digital prints, and gravity defying silhouettes with architectural tailoring.


Carolina Barua

Carolina Barua


Menswear was also well represented with leanings towards bold colour and print. The stand out for me was Carolina Barua’s collection ‘S’swell’. Her intelligent and playful designs showed inspired plays on proportion, sheerness and layering, incorporating stripes, drape, ruffles and print in an original and surprisingly cohesive way.


Carolina Baruas

Carolina Barua


“3 ¾”,  the RMIT student exhibition held at No Vacancy Gallery, showcased fashion practice and communication being explored by the students at RMIT allowing insight into the design and thought process behind the works. Installation and animation were some of the mediums used by students to communicate their work.




Rose Megirian


Rose Megirian presented her intimate and beautifully curated work ‘Objecthood’ exploring the relationship between objects and their owners. The project expresses notions of dressing and identity via the objects and environment we surround ourselves with, the personal nature and value of which, often run far deeper than with actual garments.


You can find the The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology on their site:  http://rmitfashion.wordpress.com/   


Photography by RMIT


*Rebecca is a freelance writer and fashion designer from Melbourne, Australia, currently based in Europe.



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