naked minds: curtin fashion grad show highlights 2013
Hannah Cummuskey's considered and very wearable layers were accessorised with face bags and awesome hombre perspex - a collection that felt highly contemporary with a unique edge.
Lucy Aboagye's hauntingly beautiful ravaged couture showed enormous technical skill, restraint and maturity in design, drawing spontaneous applause from the audience. Lucy has been selected to partake in the 2014 Hyogo Banshu textiles program and will be traveling to Japan to develop her own textiles - congratulations, can't wait to see what you come up with!
Jessica Moro's sculptural cutting was set off by an unusual but highly successful colour palette.
Cordelia Gibbs captured what should probably be our national costume and heightened it to a serious fashion state. Her own 'Life in Wool' informed a knit heavy range that drew inspiration from rural Australian workwear without a hint of irony. Very clever, very relevant.
Kezia Soedjono melded something of Swan Lake with 80's bridal in striking white tulle abstractions, designed to engage the tactile, as well as visual, senses.
Laura Vlais explored Dia de los Muertos - dangerous cliche territory - with nary a sugar skull in sight. Heavy cotton lace against organza with sparing pops of colour made this collection sophisticated and exciting.
Shahira Salih's bold use of colour and volume was uplifting - this striped balloon dress was particularly successful.
Gautam Kapoor's collection of intricate print and distorted silhouette was equal parts bizarre and amazing. While I can't imagine the gold kneepads will take off the red dress with the extended front is one of the most exciting (and elegant) new ideas I've seen in a long time - definitely one to watch.
Well done Curtin fashion grads 2013, the industry will be lucky to have you!