BACHELOR OF FASHION
BACHELOR OF TEXTILES
& MASTER OF FASHION
AFS.RMIT.FASHION PRESENTS THE WORK OF THE RMIT ADVANCED FASHION STUDIOS 2020 STUDENTS OF –
BACHELOR OF FASHION
BACHELOR OF TEXTILES
& MASTER OF FASHION
WITHIN RMIT UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL OF FASHION & TEXTILES.
‘ADVANCED FASHION DESIGN PRACTICE-HOPE AND BUOYANCY OF DESIGN IN A PANDEMIC’
While this year has presented challenges beyond anything our community has ever experienced, it has also beckoned many shifts and new paradigms are emerging in the creative landscape. 2020 also marked the beginning of a new era for the Advanced Fashion Design Studios as we launched new and revitalised programs. Within the new programs, a new one-year Honours degree, and an updated Masters, are progressive in pushing innovative ways of designing and experiencing fashion. Designed with a focus on the responsibility we all need to have in fostering change in industry and embodying sustainable, ethical and critical practice
This global pandemic that continues to be around us, has impacted us all greatly, shifting the way we understand our activities of daily life and our sense of belonging and freedom. We acknowledge the injustices, marginalised communities and inequalities that occur as a result of global fashion industry practices. Their negative impact on all of us has become bloated and enlarged in the relationship between fashion and crisis. Whilst the global pandemic has greatly impacted the fashion industry, ‘the fissures in the system seem to get deeper each day, revealing the industry’s already broken bits’1.
—From Iris Moon from ‘Luxury and Crisis’, 20020.
This year, fashion capitals ventured into the digital for the fashion weeks, luxury brands produced glamorous or logo laden PPE (personal protective equipment) and supermodels were forced to do photo shoots via FaceTime and Zoom.
Our students have spent most of the year learning from home, learning online and producing graduate projects with limited resources from February to November. Scarcity of materials and resources has fundamentally impacted fashion design learning and how we assess and understand student’s work.
Critical and circular thinking in fashion practice has become necessary in lockdown as students have been forced to interrogate their relationships and values of fashion and materials. Students have intervened with everyday products, presenting dynamic approaches to wearing and performing fashion from the home and through the personal wardrobe. Their work has been mediated through to us via digital screens. This cohort has worked with exceptional limitations, working with garments they had on hand, using methods of reuse, object analysis and performative strategies to interrogate fashion practice and speculate on alternatives. The pandemic makes questioning circularity of fashion products and material use a necessity and highlights the fundamental role of digital images to speculate and design fashion.
We stand by our students and forthcoming graduates and are immensely proud of their achievements this year. They have produced even more exciting and innovative fashion design projects in one of the longest and strictest lockdowns in the world.
1–Moon, I (2020). Luxury and Crisis: Redefining the British Decorative Arts. British Art Studies, 16.
Advanced Fashion Studios Courses–
RMIT Advanced Fashion Studios continues to collaborate with an evolving list of local, and international industry connections, creative partners, media and arts institutions, including–
National Gallery of Victoria
RMIT Design Hub
Graduates and alumni from AFS have taken up internships, work and founding roles at brands and companies including–
Centre for Style
Mode and Mode
Scanlan & Theodore
Chris Ran Lin
The Bachelor of Fashion (Design)(Honours) and
Master of Fashion (Design) programs are supported by a team of staff including...
Dean of School, Professor Robyn Healy
Associate Dean, Fashion and Textiles Design, Dr Ricarda Bigolin
Program Manager Bachelor of Fashion (Design)(Honours) and Master of Fashion (Design), Chantal Kirby
Program Manager Bachelor of Fashion (Design), Dr Denise Sprynskyj
ADVANCED FASHION STUDIOS STAFF
Daphne Mohajer va Pesaran
MASTERCLASS LEADERS AND INDUSTRY GUESTS
Eva Kruse (CEO, Global Fashion Agenda)
Sandya Lang (Nudie Jeans)
Alice Payne (UTS)
Kerry Murphy (The Fabricant)
Shoichi Aoki (FRUiTS magazine)
Hugh Egan Westland (BALENCIAGA)
Luke Mayes (Rick Owens)
Stephen McGlashan (Eastern Market)
Marli Atterton (Slow Waves)
Shahan Assadourian (Archivings)
Fleur Watson (Open House Melbourne)
Amelia Borg (SIBLING)
Ziga Testen (Studio Ziga Testen; Public Office)
Alice Matthieu (RMIT First Site Gallery)
Design by Public Office and
Studio Ziga Testen
'First Look' - RMIT Master of Fashion (Design) graduates film presented by RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles and supported by MPavilion. Directed by Ricarda Bigolin in collaboration with editor and videographer Kate Meakin, cinematographer Brett Harrison, stylist Blake Barns, production by Chantal Kirby, sound design Andrew Wilson, photography Myles Pedlar, HMU Xeneb Allen, final colour grade Peter Hatzipavlis and in collaboration with Master of Fashion (Design) graduates Chaoying Han, Chloe Dong, Clare He, Genie Sun, Mark Blake, Miki Huang, Nora Yin, Peter Sanders, Peiyue Qin, Rosanna Lii, Tiantian Zhang, Tun Huang and Wei Pi.
Bachelor of Fashion (Design)(Honours), Bachelor of Textiles (Design)(Honours) and Master of Fashion (Design) Year 1 work shot by students.
Master of Fashion (Design) portraits shot by Kate Meakin.
Master of Fashion (Design) work shot by Myles Pedlar.
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