EFWA 2017 Student Designers – Scholarship and General

EFWA 2017  Graduate Designers – Scholarship Winners

Eco Fashion Week Australia’s founder Zuhal Kuvan-Mills has chosen to support young fashion talent by offering a scholarship program to Australian fashion design students in their final year of studies.  Successful applicants will each show 6 looks on the runway at EFWA2017 – a great experience for the new designers and an amazing chance to catch the media eye.  Please check back as more scholarship winners will be announced shortly.

D’arcy Coad –

Concept and Ideas: My work explores qualities of mourning and it’s appropriate attire, drawing heavy influence from historicism to create a space for my work to reside in that explores memory, miasma and melancholia. To juxtapose the weight of these ideas, exploration into the irony of the ‘danse macabre’ sees me push silhouettes into a state of extreme gesture on their own; the garments almost dance on their own accord. Exaggerating proportions, incorporating knife/claw like shapes and accentuating amorphous and bloated forms explores a playful element that comes from the ‘danse macabre’. This proposes a quality of oddness that I like to explore, as individual garments and even whole looks become part of a cabinet of curiosities that make up the collection of work. This also highlights my use of garment as anatomy, using formal qualities to evoke the internal working of the human biology without being too literal. What is important is to not push a strongly historical silhouette, allowing the work to contain that same essence of drama, theatre and suspense without it being a recreation. Coinciding with my research into dandyism to evoke character and qualities of nihilism, extracting specific elements of historical attire means the work itself becomes less weighted. This heightens the combination of rich drama against frivolity where use of gesture is significant, unveiling an obscure sense of the collaged and obscure.

Instagram: @d.coad

Jack Gardner –

Concept and Ideas: My collection is inspired by the reflection of light in relation to garment and the qualities present within both the static and organic almost dancing reflections created when light is reflected off of or through a surface. Working with intersecting lines, shapes and the multiple layers present within a reflection and the way they work together to create varying levels of opacity as inspiration for strong angled pattern making and linear forms with a focus of layering sheer silks to create varying levels of opacity, as well as exploring the difficulties of taking an intangible phenomenon such as the reflection of light and how you’d translate it onto the body and whether it would still be possible for it to function as a traditional garment while retaining these qualities. All garments have been designed, cut and sewn by myself using only natural cellulose fabrics such as cotton and silk in order to stay true to the idea of a natural phenomenon.

Instagram: @jackdardner

Jane Ziemons, Melaleuca Rise –

Concept and Ideas: This capsule collection is a personal exploration into my Scottish cultural heritage and the impact of this on creating new connections to people and place. It is a narrative collection that visually represents the transitional experience of the migrant that extends far beyond my own journey. Aspects of my personal association with Scottish tartan, the thistle (Scotland’s national emblem), the eucalypt (connection to the Australian landscape) and the kilt are explored. I have also used a selection of deconstructed garments that, through movement on the body, demonstrate the awkwardness of arriving in a new country. I have explored silhouettes that visually represent feelings of loss. Other pieces include heavy weight fabrics creating a tactile experience for the wearer that suggests the feeling of being grounded. All fabrics have been carefully and thoughtfully chosen with an ecological awareness towards lessening waste, using natural cellulose fabrics such as cotton and linen alongside factory offcuts sourced from REmida (a local recycling centre). All pieces have been designed, cut and sewn by Jane Ziemons.

Instagram: @melaleuca_rise

Katherine Tavener, Tav by K

Concept and Ideas: My work explores x-rays and a shifting space between communication and intimacy. I use layers to build up these “walls” between the wearer and the viewer, using transparent materials, silks and recycling velvet off cuts. I use flannelette shirts from op shops and hand stitch in lips as a motif for communication. I use free hand embroidery stitch to build up a lace like fabric which I intend to have finished very soon, spending hours at a time embroidering wash away bags to create my own fabric. I like to emphasise seams and edges and often leave them raw and “unfinished with care” creating a fringed effect to highlight the coming together of the panels.

Instagram: Pending

Llynnette C. Neil

Concept and Ideas: My recollections of the war years between 1943, the year of my birth, until the end of World War 11 is the basis for my concept of hand crafted eco wear. I have created functional hard-wearing garments, referencing the role of women especially those in the Women’s Land Army. Locally sourced vintage table linen, sheets, war time Rayons and vintage sewing patterns have been used to create utilitarian garments that are relevant to the era. Traditional sewing techniques such as hand stitched buttonholes and covered buttons have been adhered to making sure that the handmade element is dominant in the garments. Make do and Mend was an essential part of life therefore I have also sourced hand spun wool knitted into socks and mittens, again using locally sourced knitting patterns relevant to the era. By following all the essential criteria to create these garments I hope to have referenced a moment in time reflecting the sense of frugality and resourcefulness and respect of making that was a way of life for us during the 1940’s. All pieces have been created and sewn by myself and exist as 1 off pieces made with love and warmth.

Instagram: Pending


Concept and Ideas: Pei-Sun SWIM offers ethically conscious customers cool, lux and leisurely pieces ready for you to dive into the deepend. An alternative to buying lycra that is detrimental and toxic for our environment upon reaching landfill, I offer quality Australian designed and Made in Australia swim wear using recycled Lycra fabric. Optional SPF 15-50+. For my first ever launch, I am offering limited edition printed ensembles. Individual one-off artworks are hand painted using watercolour before being transferred into a digital format, ready for sublimation printing. The first print is a revival of an old watercolour painting of poisoness frogs and the second print is inspired by coral structures drawing attention to pollution effected/protected areas including places I love Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay, The Great Barrier Reef and Deforrestation. PEI-SUN MEETS 2 OF THE CRITE

Instagram: @peisun_thelabel

Yara Mohamed

Concept and Ideas: 

Yara Abdellatif will be presenting his label KALASIRIS which captures the essence of the traditional kalasiris garment, an ancient Egyptian genderless garment worn in various ways. This is a spring/summer collection titled SUFIA, inspired by a valley located in northern Egypt. There will be a strong emphasis on multi-functionality and versatility, with an ethical choice of fabrics and textures – eco friendly cottons, wools, linens and silks. All leftovers and scraps are used to make textiles through the collection. KALASIRIS’ adaptable and multi-functional features give each of the garments a unique and personal story.

Instagram: Pending

EFWA 2017 General Students – (more to come)

Rebecca Timson –

Concept and Ideas: Inspired by Perth in Spring, this collection titled ‘Wildflower’ captures the majestic essence of Western Australia as it morphs into the most incredible array of floral splendour.  Wildflower’ is a collection of Re-cycled garments that are: Re-vitalised, Re-orientated, Re-Used and Re-Invented into Couture gowns. These gowns are designed to create a sense of luxury and glamour and to encapsulate floral elegance. Created using Couture Finishing’s, Handmade Embellishments with Machine, and Hand Embroidery. All unused fabric is incorporated into the gowns creating a zero-waste garment. Wildflower’ – Perth in Spring inspired collection of luxurious gowns.

Blog: http://bekbekdesign.blogspot.com.au/

Instagram: @bekbektimson