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Student Fashion: 2019

Start Date December 2019
End Date 2020
Venue Powerhouse Museum
Location Sydney, Australia
Curator Glynis Jones
Designer Vanessa Cullen, Malcolm McKernan
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins

Held annually at the Powerhouse Museum since 1993, the Student Fashion display showcases the work of Sydney’s top local fashion design graduates, providing insight into the skills and potential of the next generation of Australian designers. For over 25 years, Student Fashion has exhibited the work of more than 160 students, many of whom have gone on to highly successful careers in fashion, including RMIT graduate, Toni Maticevski, and Fashion Design Studio alumni, Dion Lee.

The Australian fashion industry generates millions in domestic and export earnings, making it a key component of our creative industries sector. Fashion design schools prepare graduates to take on diverse roles in the industry, fostering creativity, critical thinking and entrepreneurship.

This year’s display includes outfits drawn from the final-year ranges of top students from four Sydney-based fashion design schools:

  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia
  • Raffles College of Design and Commerce
  • Fashion Design Studio, TAFE NSW, Ultimo Campus

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, Sydney. Photo: Ryan Hernandez