“They just want to design fashion. And that is fine.” – Robyn Healy, Head of RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles, in ‘Talking Design’ Podcast.
After years of following the collections churned out by the students of RMIT, I’ve found that they all seem hold this secret oath in their heart: “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” (Rumi). Designers from RMIT strive to reinvent, to stun, but never at the cost of good design choices. The recent UNRAVEL runway is yet another example of the diversity that results from this sort of mindset.
The Testing Grounds played host to UNRAVEL on the 15th of December, joined by the chiming clinks of customary champagne and the soothing sounds of DJ Jasmina Mili to set the mood. As I scurried to position myself at the best possible angle around the unique figure-8 runway, I eagerly awaited the unravelling of designs to come.
27 designers showcased work from a range of categories: lingerie, swimwear, evening wear, race wear, menswear, streetwear and tailoring, featuring all white 3D printing, laser cut black leather, quilting, boning, embroidery and more. Each ensemble was styled in a cohesive package, and whilst most fashion students avoided colour like the plague to stick to a monochromatic palette, Bharatee excited us with vivid mustards and menacing crimsons. I adored Bharatee’s use of quirky accompanying accessories, and the luxe mix of textured layers.
Rarely do I attend a student runway and salivate at the same time, but I wanted the entire Marsh collection to myself; elegantly risqué, sheer lace numbers exuded sophisticated-chic. Lace can make one look dangerously dated, but Marsh pulled it off perfectly.
Sadri’s devore menswear buttoned shirt could have walked straight from an international runway, seemingly something we would see from Dior Homme, or something we would see snapped on only the most fashionable of A-listers on the front cover of any fashion magazine.
Yet another year of graduates and yet another year of incredible talent; the next generation of RMIT fashion designers are set to steer the Australian industry well.
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