On the 30th of October I attended my first ever fashion show (!!!!), the UTS 2014 Fashion and Textiles graduate show - 'DUO: The Future of Fashion'.
I got there early enough to get a front row seat, and armed with sketchbook and iPhone, waited for the show to start.
It was INCREDIBLE.
Every collection was vastly different, contemporary and wildly creative. I did some quick sketches throughout the show, and today finally found time (while procrastinating an assignment...) to draw them up properly.
I drew my favourite looks from seven of the students, and I've commented on them below. Unfortunately I only got to see the first of the two shows, as the second was sold out, but I wasn't short on inspiration!
I did these illustrations in my new Fashionary sketchbook, a clever book that combines light templates for quick sketching with a fashion dictionary, specifically created for fashion designers. After sketching in it all day I'm in love, though I wish the pages were a bit more bleedproof...
Here are the original sketches, you can click on the designers' names to see their websites and collections.
Alannah Stott's collection was incredibly modern, all white with crisp shapes, strong lines and textured fabrics. I loved the volume in these pants combined with the straight lines, and the boxy crop top with its transparent sections.
I was instantly drawn to the vivid colours of Sophie Sproats' designs. Her collection featured lots of flowing skirts and dresses, sometimes paired with more angular tops. All covered in bold, beautiful coloured prints. The draped dress I drew is predominantly bright orange and white, (I can't resist orange), with a blue pattern on the back of the fabric, shown by the loose edge that billowed as the model walked.
Another design I loved was a beautiful yellow skirt, it was fitted at the top and flowed to the floor.
Jiamin (Katie) Li's collection was full of amazing fabrics full of honeycomb and geometric cutouts (lazer-cut I suspect). The cuts created amazing texture, which when combined with the classic shape of the dress above created gorgeous modern designs. This was one of her tamer looks, I loved the simplicity of the lines and the contemporary mesh panels. Definitely a collection worth checking out!
Bolor Amgalan's fabrics were incredible, three dimensional cubes attached in rows on skirts, covering coats and clutches, all in vivid blues. I loved the way they were used on this midi skirt, enough to create interest, but not overdone. The top featured interesting textural patterns and lovely sheer sleeves.
Krizzel Gajo had a lovely pink, red and white collection. It paired traditional shapes with modern ones, floaty fabrics with structured shapes. I was immediately drawn to this dress by the structure in the middle, a beautiful work of fabric construction. The whole collection was full of interesting silhouettes.
April Yap had a very contemporary collection, with bright neon colours, modern fabrics and splashes of shine and glitter. The look I've drawn features a skirt with a longer front panel with a large cutout section (love!), an angular silver belt and structured top. Very avant-garde, something I could see in a sci-fi movie!