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Int’l students at VAMFF 2017: A stitch in time, a place of mine

Four international student fashion designers will once again have their dazzling collections showcased in this year’s Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. Samantha Chew reports.

Image: ‘Four Seasons in One Night’ VAMFF 2016

When forms of expression meet community and stories, often you get a great narration on the journeys of its creators.

Back again this year after a successful run at the 2016 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF), Victorian creative institutions have once again collaborated with Study Melbourne to showcase four emerging fashion talents this year at the VAMFF 2017!

This year’s theme “A stitch in time, a place of mine” is inspired by the cross-continental move that international students undergo and Victoria’s multicultural scene. This year’s cohort of international student designers aim to bring a sensory experience to their showcase.

Gaelle Marie is a student of Holmesglen Institute who followed her passion for fashion from Mauritius to Melbourne. Her collection, ‘Eclore’, comprises of resort wear that explores the idea of opening up to life through self-care, health and well-being.

While Gaelle followed her passion, Hao Chun (Pinni) Wu followed her admiration for culture all the way from China. Drawn to Melbourne’s multicultural qualities, she has since graduated from her Honours degree in Fashion Design from RMIT University.

Already experienced in the fashion field, Revini Jayasekara from Sri Lanka broadened her horizons by adding another academic achievement to her belt, graduating with a Masters of Fashion Design from RMIT University. Her collection will explore movement of body with uses of various materials and textures such as beads, pleats, and folds.

And hailing from Nepal, Sajmi Shrestha graduated from Holmesglen Institute with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion and Apparel Engineering. Inspired by the human anatomy, her collection will make references to the skeletal system, muscles and nervous systems.

The four overseas students and graduates will have their collections shown on the runway for a day on Wednesday, March 15 Queen Victoria Market’s Deli Hall from 6.00pm.

This assemblage of fashion talents is a free event, one that international students are encouraged to attend if only to support their fellow student.

For more information about ‘A stitch in time, a place of mine‘, visit the official event page over at VAMFF 2017’s website.  Although the event is free, attendees are advised to RSVP. 

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