Examining Fashion As Design: Melbourne Fashion Hub Launch Past Event
Melbourne Fashion Hub (MFH) launches on the opening night of Melbourne Design Week to showcase Australia’s emerging student design talent. The launch event ‘Examining Fashion As Design’ includes talks with the designers on how social and environmental changes have influenced their process. Whether it is centred around textiles, sustainability or audience, designers on the night discuss their journey, design principles and practices.
Melbourne Fashion Hub is open on the following weekend: visitors have the opportunity to meet the designers one-on-one and purchase their garments.
Advocate and supporter of emerging and independent fashion designers, Julia Browne brings over 20 years’ experience in the creative industries as the Melbourne Fashion Hub project’s founder.
After identifying a gap in the market between education and business, she created Melbourne Fashion Hub for current and recently graduated students. The concept looks to provide a bridge between the two sectors, a vehicle to showcase Melbourne’s incredible design talent and provide possible opportunities for future pathways into work.
Dinara Jurat is an independent creative designer and founder of DIAJ. Her design practice is dedicated to those who explore self-expression through authentically designed, industrial-inspired streetwear.
Streetwear created by DIAJ aims for gender inclusivity, breaking the barriers of gender norms while challenging one’s comfort zones. DIAJ encourages fearlessness in making bold statements. Alongside her craft, Dinara also pursues the art of photography as an essential element of her practice. She is dedicated to shooting her own projects and collaborating with other creatives to fulfill her vision.
Dinara is currently studying as a second-year Bachelor of Fashion Design student at RMIT.
Sofia Stafford established Sabatucci in 2019 while completing her Bachelor of Fashion Design and Technology at RMIT. Inspired by her passion for performance-arts and her training in classical ballet, Sofia creates dramatic costume-like pieces that emanate a bold sense of character. Born and raised in Melbourne (Naarm/Birrarung-ga), she re-contextualises her experiences within the club culture of her early adulthood with nostalgic memories from her youth. Acknowledging the many facets of the creative community in this place, Sofia encourages freedom of expression by creating playful designs for a wide variety of people. Throughout each collection, she further explores and curates her distinctively playful aesthetic, pushing beyond the boundaries of conventional beauty and gender norms. Sabatucci captures the evolution of fashion and culture, particularly within the cyberspace.
Born in India and based in Melbourne, Srinvanti Roymoulik was educated at the National Institute of Fashion Technology Bombay. Since completing her undergraduate degree, she has worked with Converse amongst other brands for three years as a women’s wear designer. She gained industry experience before embarking on her Master of Fashion (Design) at RMIT. Srinvanti was also a winner in iD Dunedin Fashion – International Emerging Designers Awards 2020.
Stephanie Broadbent is an arts psychotherapist who operates through her own business known as Wildflower Creative Therapies. Through Wildflower Creative Therapies, she offers multi and singular modal creative therapies and traditional talk psychotherapy. She has a firm belief in an integrative approach with her work, so not only does she offer creative therapies and traditional psychotherapy she also offers explores lifestyle and diet with her clients and offers a range of health and well-being products to assist the individual’s ongoing therapeutic journey.