A couple of weeks ago, The Fashion Design Studio at Ultimo TAFE put on its annual eveningwear parade showcasing its 3rd form students’ masterpieces. This year’s theme was Masai de Medici which would have been a fairly difficult brief to fulfil due to the fact that the Masai tribes of Kenya and the nobility of Renaissance Florentine Italy couldn’t be further apart on the cultural scale from one another.
I was thoroughly impressed with what was on show and it was great to be able to mingle with the models wearing the pieces during the intermission. So much detail had gone into the gowns and it was great to get a close look and appreciate the effort that the students have put in throughout the year.
The top prize went to Yousef Akbar with this amazing number. I loved the contrast between the expertly-dyed soft drapes of the fabric and the crazy embellishments which gave a hard edge to the dress. Beautiful and almost nightmarish at the same time. (photo from FDS)
My favourite from the night was this one by Ned Littlewood and was awarded with a Highly Commended by the judges. I was so intrigued by the scale-like fabric. Definitely breaking the mould when it comes to what constitutes as eveningwear! (photo from FDS)
I’m sure we will be seeing a lot from these students in the future who will undoubtedly join the ranks with the high-profile alumni of the school such as Akira Isogawa, Alex Perry and Dion Lee.