S!X unearthed

From the Head of School- Robyn says:

On Friday 23rd October I attended the exam of our colleagues Denise Sprynskyj and Peter Boyd, designers of the fashion practice S!X. It was an extraordinary event demonstrating their contribution to fashion design but also sharing with RMIT and the fashion community the intricacies of their practice. S!X (Peter and Denise) have embedded their design practice within their academic roles, informing studio teaching and professional practice in the Bachelor of Fashion (Design)(Honours) degree.

For this event fashion invaded RMIT’s Design Hub, with Project Room 1 transformed into the S!X fashion atelier, providing the examination mise–en–scène. Denise Sprynskyj presented the practice with Surface – l’extérieur dedans/outside in, while Peter Boyd focused on Espace – Intérieur dehors /inside out.

The space was designed to represent the workings of S!X, showing an archive of work stretching back over twenty years, with clothing displayed on racks or suspended from scaffolding, wall hangings, mannequins, odd artefacts, plus requisite fashion chaos created by live models, photographers, stylists and spectators.

Although examined separately, Denise and Peter supported each other during separate oral presentations, revealing garments to illustrate the nature of their practice. The provocative and humorous spirit of S!X was unearthed through discussion about their misuse and celebration of the French language, love of Paris and Melbourne, attraction to old houses/ruins, similarities to ragpickers/or archaeologists and their dedication in researching fashion history through contemporary design practice.

Both designers presented an expanded mode for understanding design and sharing tacit knowledge, which will influence future practitioners. Congratulations Denise and Peter.

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Photographs by Monty Coles, scenes from Denise Sprynskyj’s examination.

SCHOOL CELEBRATES GLOBAL TOP 10

On Tuesday 29th September the School of Fashion and Textiles celebrated our recent ranking in the top ten global fashion schools with cake and a visit from VC Martin Bean.

RMIT University was the only Australian institute to make the 2015 Business of Fashion’s (BoF) Global Fashion School Rankings’ top 10.

The post-graduate programs were ranked sixth and the undergraduate programs were ranked ninth, and EVERYONE was very excited by this recognition.

A team of cake cutters lead by Zara Piles – Jun Ni Soohu, Greg Allan, Antida Liistro, Anna Deisis, Suzanne Doheny, Claudia Cotrone, simultaneously cut 10 cakes to tunes of Cliff Richard – Congratulations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us3dQ0nnlHY and Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and Music Superstars Sing “We Are The Champions” (A Cappella) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHHqPTQDIlo

The cakes were enjoyed by staff and students, with over 500 pieces of cake consumed.

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VC Martin Bean and Head of School Robyn Healy

VC Martin Bean and Head of School Robyn Healy make the first cut in to the celebratory cake

Top 10 cakes - Mud Cake, Carrot Cake, Orange & Butter, Sticky Date & Pear, Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake, Apple Crumble, Coconut & Jam, Hedgehog, Blackforest Cheesecake, and Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Top 10 cakes – Mud Cake, Carrot Cake, Orange & Butter, Sticky Date & Pear, Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake, Apple Crumble, Coconut & Jam, Hedgehog, Black Forest Cheesecake, and Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Cake cutters (from left to right) - Suzanne Doheny, Antida Liistro, Anna Deisis, Greg Allan, and Claudia Cotrone

Cake cutters (from left to right) – Suzanne Doheny, Antida Liistro, Anna Deisis, Greg Allan, and Claudia Cotrone

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week – RMIT Emerging Student Runway

RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles celebrated our tenth anniversary with MSFW (Melbourne Spring Fashion Week) of RMIT’s standalone student parade on Sunday 30th August by launching the runway series at Melbourne Town Hall with the collections of 25 fourth year students from the Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) program.

Our student collections are referenced as indicators for future directions in design, and extensively reviewed in the media:

Also at Melbourne Central, Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) students showcased select final year projects by re-imagining a retail space using display to offer glimpses into designing and experiencing fashion. The exhibition attracted a lot of attention from passers-by, particularly late night shoppers. For one week, students ran the exhibition space, and engaged with visitors about their work.

MSFW 'Emerging Student Runway 1'

MSFW ‘Emerging Student Runway 1’

Design by Claudia Twisk  /  Photo: Lucas Dawson

Design by Claudia Twisk / Photo: Lucas Dawson

Design by Amber Reese   /  Photo: Lucas Dawson

Design by Amber Reese / Photo: Lucas Dawson

Melbourne Central, Ground Level  /  August 28 - September 9

Melbourne Central, Ground Level / August 28 – September 9