Thursday, 13 December 2012

Until we Arrive collection at AGFW


These are some beautiful photos from photographer Domonic Spagnolo of my collection 'Until we Arrive' that I presented in Sydney at the Carriageworks at the end of November for the AGFW.
I am happy with the collection and how it looks on the catwalk. I would have loved to work more with the models to pose and interact with the garments in the way I had imagined, but I guess this is all part of letting go of some of the control at a large fashion event. I wish the models could have all had the same shoes!
This collection is the most commercial collection I have created; I still created every garment using zero waste Selvedge 2 Selvedge pattern making. Although instead of using all sustainable fabrics, the materials used are a combination of silk, wool, cotton and polyester with the majority of the collection being stretch to make it highly wearable.
Until we Arrive is inspired by the journey of the Bogong moths each year. In particular the landscapes they inhabit, such as the Australian Alps and around the Canberra region. The transformation of the moths physical form during its lifecycle has inspired the stories in the collection. Above all the collection's shapes are inspired by a combination of creating wearable garments and how that works with my zero waste pattern making system.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Australian Graduates Fashion Week


So excited to be part of the Australian Graduates Fashion Week in Sydney this weekend! Check out the video, the EDITION garment is the red dress, when the model is moving it looks best. I am so nervous to see what it is going to be like. To send my collection off to Sydney was horrible. I am hoping I can get the models to interact with the garments but I dont know if that will happen!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Consider what you wear shoot at GAD


A scary part of being a designer is letting go of your garments and letting another person style it. For me this is exciting as it shows how other people respond to EDITION garments, but it also means losing control which can be very scary especially because I was not able to be there on the day. Kate Shaw who organised all of Fashionably Early at GAD thought that a great way to wrap up the exhibition would be to do a Consider what you wear with the garments that we presented at the Fashionably Early parade with the Gold and Silversmithing students. The final photos are a little wacky, which is what I expected! But they are fun and I like a more relaxed approach to my garments as fashion can sometimes become a little serious. These images inspire me to approach photoshots in new ways.

Photographer: Andrew Sikorski - Art Artelier

Friday, 9 November 2012

Fashionably Early Canberra Parade

These are the professional photos of the parade, I love how the movement in my garments has been captured. During the whole parade the models were constantly interacting with the garments to catch the light on Nellie People's jewellery pieces which would have made it hard to get such beautiful pictures!
Photographer: Andrew Sikorski - Art Artelier
Models: Lauren Cooper, Rowena Schoo and Kate Cooper

Monday, 5 November 2012

Fashionably Early Canberra at GAD


A few images from Fashionably Early Canberra of the garments I presented in collaboration with Nellie Peoples from ANU Gold and Silversmithing. The collection that Nellie and I presented looked at the roles of jewellery and garments. The way in which traditionally a garment is made and then the jewellery is added was a boundary we wanted to overcome through our collaboration. Our idea was to create a total look in which the garment and jewellery piece would interact in new ways to force their roles to change. The jewellery pieces act as though they are a growth on the garment slowly taking over and controlling it. Playing with the weight of the metal and the weight of the fabric, the total looks were only realised once the jewellery pieces and garments were connected.
Images from the photoshoot of all the garments from all designers will be avaliable soon and I will share them. Not a typical photoshoot so will be amazing to see the final results!

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Cockatoo Island 18th Biennale

Last Wednesday I went up to Sydney to see the Biennale at Cockatoo Island, it was amazing! Cockatoo Island is such a beautiful place so when there is cool art there it is a win win! For me this is where Amy and I really connected as designers and Selvedge 2 Selvedge was formed, it was amazing to see it again. The images below are my favourite works from the exhibition

Phillip Beesley, Hylozoic Series, 2011
Peter Robinson, Snow Ball Blind Time, 2008
Monika Grzymala, The River, 2011
(All of these shapes above are made from the guns below when they are fanned out)
Li Hongbo, Ocean og Flowers, 2012
Tiffany Sign, Knock On The Sky Listen To The Sound, 2011

Friday, 7 September 2012

Awkward Beauty exhibition

On Wednesday afternoon we went down to see the Awkward Beauty exhibition on at the moment at the ANU Art School Gallery. I was so impressed by how amazing the exhibition was! The project brought together jewellery designer Helen Britten, Perth fashion designer Justine McKnight and Perth photographer Michelle Taylor. The three designers came together to explore the same inspiration which is an old and now unused railway station and warehouse in Midland, WA - had a similar vibe to Cockatoo Island. 

Their inspiration really connected to me as a designer as I love exploring the emotions and impact of a place. I am so jealous of these amazing designers! I would LOVE to do this project! On my lifes to do list. 

Helen Britten says of the project 'Midland is a great place to work. It contains an extremely interesting and exciting woodshop or workshop and it has a true sense of a place in that all around you are deeply embossed in remnants of the work once done there' (

When I first walked into the Gallery I thought the garments and jewellery were not very appealing but when explored up close the pieces are truly beautiful - fitting perfectly with the name Awkward Beauty. Now all I need is a spare $11K so I can buy a set!


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Fashionably Early Opening

Opening night! It was so much fun being able to show our mates and families our work. There was also a little parade of the wearable outer shells that was great. Our photographer Kent Marcus and model Deirdre Crossan came along too which was awesome!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Fashion System for Tomorrow for Fashionably Early

These are the final photos that Amy and I decided to use for our proposal for a Fashion System for Tomorrow for the Fashionably Early exhibition at the Gallery of Australian Design. We did the shoot down at the Cotter Damn crossing and I think the landscape really enhanced the garments in the final images!

Photographer | Kent Marcus
Model | Deirdre Crossan
Hair and makeup | Hayley Boyle

Monday, 3 September 2012

Channel Vision

I was very excited to stumble across a segment on channel 64 called 4me (I think it is only on in the ACT) on Fashionably Early! You can see it on the website below, with Selvedge2Selvedge images as well as EDITION and AYLOR images. Great interview with Kate Shaw head of Fashion at CIT also

Thursday, 9 August 2012


Selvedge 2 Selvedge's image used for the promotion of the exhibition! This image was my favourite from the shoot, pity the feet were missing or we would have used it for the life size image at the exhibition!

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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Design Process for EDITION for 'Fashion Systems of Tomorrow'

For the GAD exhibition we have been very busy getting everything together! These are some of the images that show the EDITION process I went through to create my 'Follow the unknown dress'

For me the process involves starting with an image and the lines I want to use for my pattern making, and then playing in the garment. I always want to see how it will move and work with the body. This involves lots of trial and error and getting to know the piece. I am so looking forward to Amy arriving in Canberra on Monday for the Opening of the exhibtion!