In 2017 I completed my Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design and Merchandising, presenting Andromeda as my final range. My vision was to create couture-inspired evening wear with a techno-twist: the inclusion of Neopixel LED’s. Each dress features a skirt full of lights, fully programmed in Arduino by yours truly. I also ice-dyed the chiffon used in the range. About 90% of this project was done completely from scratch, with the exception of a few patterns I already had in my library that were altered for this range.
In 2016 I entered the Australasian Young Designer Wool Awards with my military inspired range, Militis Vi. I won first place in the Fantasy and Theatrics category.
Militis Vi, for the most part, was actually inspired by Yacht Club’s game Shovel Knight. There’s a character in the game called Propeller Knight who wears a green uniform with puffy pants and gold embellishments. During development I was reminded that I was in a fashion course, and not a costume course, and had to bring things back to the runway. My efforts clearly paid off.
In 2016 my final range was a couture-inspired range that utilised wool fabrics and faux fur. I designed a range of winter-themed outfits and constructed a two-piece dress and corset. I was inspired by Met Gala looks and wanted the range to have a luxurious and fresh look, so I took inspiration from photography of snow and icy lakes.