Student Fashion for LMFF

Unique. Individual. Real. Beautiful. Inspirational. This is how frankie magazine describes itself, and as the supporter of Metamorphosis, a student showcase, these are the words we can use to describe the future of Australian fashion.

Metamorphosis, presented by Sportsgirl and supported by frankie magazine, celebrated the emerging and inspiring new talents by debuting the collections of leading graduating fashion design students from across Australia, ‘shining the spotlight on design talent from tomorrow’.

APL Photography went to support the showcase and capture a glimpse in what the Australian fashion scene can expect in the near future. Ruby Rose, Jason Coleman, Kate Waterhouse, Brodie Harper and husband Health Meldrum, also came along to give their support to the emerging young talent, and were snapped by APL.

The showcase was interesting to say the least, with very eccentric and avant-garde pieces. Student showcases are always inspirational to watch, with the designers free from the confines of design briefs and trends to follow, allowing their creativity to transcend into their creations.

Albert Lee, Alyssa Choat, Christiana Livaditis, Daniella  Caputi, Danielle van Camp, Ellie Meyer, Georgia Lazzaro, Jacqueline Tyrrell, Laura de Vries, Olivia Jung, Robyn Taggart and Yoan Hendrik Limah all participated in the showcase, with each designer presenting their own point of difference.

Selected designers mastered draping, and lace and sheer fabrics were used throughout many collections. Some designers experimented with the natural flow of the fabric rather than using tailoring, while others have embraced underwear as outerwear. The clothes embody personality and diversity, with some designers opting to use wigs and hairpieces as the next best scarf this autumn/winter.

While each of the designs were unique, it seems the growing trend amongst these new designers is to release their anger on their garments, by slashing the fabric and creating cut-outs and jagged edges, seen on pants and tops throughout each designer’s collection.

Today these designers debut on the catwalk, tomorrow; they could be the next Dion Lee.

Monika Pilekic