Collarts Fashion & Sustainability students have been busy gearing up for Melbourne Fashion Week, coming together for weekly workshops as they turn their creative visions into a freestanding physical installation come October.
Set to be displayed during M/FW 2022, the capsule will showcase upcycled garments made from volunteer t-shirts used at Melbourne Fashion Week 2021 to highlight the importance of sustainability, particularly focusing on the value of upcycling and the ways in which we can breathe new life into old clothing.
The concept of the project is underscored by community and collaboration amongst Collarts Design cohorts; Collarts Fashion Marketing students are set to style the pieces, while digital and animated renditions of the upcycling process will be on display, created by Animation and VFX students.
Head of Design Dr Rachel Matthews shares, “The project has been an opportunity to explore what value looks like in fashion. So often, fashion is only valued in terms of its instant visual impact or the style statement it can make. Working with these t-shirts and creatively re-imagining them has required students to consider the value in every thread, stitch, and design detail, reclaiming the material value held in these garments."
Working with these t-shirts and creatively re-imagining them has required students to consider the value in every thread, stitch and design detail.
She continues, "Inspiration from fashion can come in so many forms... even the humble t-shirt holds endless possibilities for the fashion enthusiast, especially if we are prepared to take the time to rethink how we create, wear and value garments and their material qualities."
Keep up to date with our timeline below and see the project come together.
4TH MAY 2022
A meeting between the creative teams to check in on the upcycling process, look through the deconstructed garments work in progress and discuss styling ideas.
23RD FEBRUARY 2022
Collarts Fashion & Sustainability, Fashion Marketing and Animation & VFX students get together and collaborate to brainstorm ideas for the 2022 event. Deconstruction of volunteer shirts begins.
MFW 2021 ends, with volunteer shirts being collected during the event to be upcycled by Collarts Fashion & Sustainability students.
Image provided by Melbourne Fashion Week.