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May 13, 2013

For young, emerging fashion designers the cutthroat industry of fashion, it can be particularly hard to break through. However, last night at the MSFW Student Runway 2; showcasing designs from Melbourne’s noted fashion institutions; (Melbourne School of Fashion, Kangan Institute, Box Hill Institute and Whitehouse) standing out was something embedded in their already large repertoire.


Among the pack of designers, there was a reoccurring theme of neutral colours; creams, beiges, light grey’s that were tipped to be the colours of the season. In this instance neutral certainly does not imply boring. The unbelievable range of detailing, creativity and technique that went into these designs were even to make the most noted designers in the industry break a sweat...

July 16, 2014

It only takes one idea to change a perspective, and RMIT Fashion Design Student Alexandra Hackett is of the few who are redefining sustainable fashion. Forget wool blends, awkward hemlines and shades of brown. Alexandra’s adaptation on ‘upcycling’ fashion is a harmonic fusion of self-expression, hard work and forward thinking.


Hackett’s resourcefulness and skill at repurposing is one to envy – stuck on an island with her with a sewing machine and you will come out more chic than ever. As Hackett calls it - “trash turned fash,” these designs are physical symbols of turning waste into want. And it’s shifting the perception of sustainability to making ‘the unwearable, wearable’ one Astroturf bucket hat at a time...

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