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Student Fashion: 2018

Start Date December 2018
End Date 2019
Venue Powerhouse Museum
Location Sydney, Australia
Curator Glynis Jones
Designer Vanessa Cullen, Malcolm McKernan
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins

Student Fashion is an annual display that provides a glimpse of the exciting potential of the next generation of Australian fashion designers. It showcases outfits from the final-year ranges of top students from four Sydney-based fashion design schools: Fashion Design Studio, TAFE NSW, Ultimo Campus, Raffles College of Design and Commerce, University of Technology, Sydney and Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia. This year’s participants are:


Inspired by European architecture, Zsofia’s collection, De Vision, reflects her interest in history and human evolution. Through design and construction, she explores the structural relationships between the human skeleton and Gothic cathedrals. Zsophia’s garments combine embroidered illustrations with tailored and laser-cut leather, overlaid with dramatic 3D-printed sculptural forms.


Born in South Sudan, Lily spent her childhood in Africa before migrating to Australia in 2006. Lily’s textiles evoke the vibrant colours and textures of her homeland while also paying tribute to the works of the abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock and ‘Black Panther’ costume designer Ruth E. Carter.


Samantha’s collection, On Aggregators, responds to trend-driven over-consumption in the fashion industry. It offers a more sustainable model of crafted garments that connect directly with the wearer’s emotions, identity and memories. The ethereal shadows of family photos printed on knitwear, hosiery and suiting make the act of dressing a more meditative experience.


The creative energy of New York and the glamour of its Met Gala red carpet have inspired Jessica’s Chained collection in which she explores the idea of being ‘chained’ to the city she loves. Jessica combines deconstructed tailoring with jewellery and fastenings made from stainless steel sheeting and yacht shackles.

The Student Fashion display has been held annually at the Powerhouse Museum since 1993. Every year an exciting new generation of fashion design students graduate from Sydney’s public and independent fashion design schools. After three to four years of intensive study they enter the Australian fashion industry bringing their unique design signatures to one of Australia’s most creative and globally respected industries. 

Student Fashion showcases outfits from the final year ranges of top students from four Sydney-based fashion design schools illustrating their diverse design signatures and technical skills.  

Image courtesy of Powerhouse Museum. Photo: Ryan Hernandez