Open Day 2016

By Laura Gardner, Research Assistant for the School of Fashion and Textiles


Models from the Open Day Parade pose outside, photo by photography student Nonny Bulle.

RMIT Open Day at Brunswick this year drew crowds with an event that was bigger and better than ever.

The celebrations brought visitors, prospective students and media out to Brunswick with a busy day of events that showcased the School and the innovative and creative work of our students. A highlight of the day was the spectacular runway put together across the Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours), Textile Design, Custom Made Footwear and Fashion Design Technology students. The production featured a catwalk held in a marquee on the School’s grounds, and styled by the Diploma of Fashion Styling students and their course leader Franco Schifilliti, parading a diverse range of work from students across year levels and the courses.

Franco shared his thoughts on the event: ‘I was blown away by the awesome talent clearly evident in the garments shown on the runway. They ran the gamut from tailoring with exquisite couture-like detailing, striking highlight pieces from the ‘Denim Re-fuel’d’ project, to the outstanding pieces from the 3rd & 4th year Design Honours students. The models for the Custom Made Footwear students carried shoe boxes created by the students, each with the one shoe secured on top, reminiscent of the confectionery trays used by ushers in the movie theatres. It was a great opportunity to involve my students in the behind the scenes work leading up to & on the day of the show.’


A model carries the creation of a Custom Made Footwear student on the catwalk. Photograph by Nonny Bulle.

The catwalk drew everyone in offering students across the years and courses the opportunity, not only to gain broader exposure of their designs, but to see their work styled and worn in a runway context. Chloe Booker from The Age wrote about Fashion (Design)(Honours) third year student Melissa Dimakis’ ‘pollinating’ couture dress, created with over 1,500 perspex spikes.


Melissa Dimakis’ ‘pollinating’ couture dress, captured by Nonny Bulle.

Kiri Delly (Deputy Head – Industry Engagement) opened the event, and reflected that the runway ‘was a great display of the diversity that we teach here at the School, showcasing the opportunities available to students through the skills they gain, the projects they work on, and their connections with Industry that result in real-life and real work experiences. It showed the progression the students take throughout their studies in terms of their applications, concepts and constructions.’ Scott Knight, the School’s Marketing and Events Coordinator, commented that for him ‘a great moment was witnessing the crowds of prospective RMIT students and their families go wild for all the models wearing the garment outside the marquee after the last runway. You could tell that everyone in the crowd was eager to make RMIT a part of their future.’

In addition to the catwalk event, displays and installations featuring student work across programs filled the campus. This was a great day for current students to share their work with the public and celebrate the future of fashion, thank you everyone involved and those who came along to this great occasion!

Read some of the media coverage of the day here:

The Age

Herald Sun

WA Today

The Canberra Times

Brisbane Times