The inaugural Spirit of the Black Dress event aims to promote emerging Australian fashion and textile designers. Designers from across the continent were asked to submit their interpretation of the wardrobe staple then 10 were selected to represent the event for 2009.
The successful applicants are a varied and talented group who have come together to lead the way forward for Australian fashion. As part of the application the designers were asked to respond to the question of sustainability and a dominant theme was the use of upcycled textiles to create a functional multipurpose garment, contrasting dramatically with the fast-fashion consumer culture that currently reigns on the high street.
The garments were photographed by Christian Blanchard and hung in a gallery format alongside the dresses giving viewers the inspirational and physical side by side. Creative types from across the genres of styling, photography, hair, make-up and design were given the opportunity to flex their imagination and create directional images that demonstrate the way forward for Australian design.
THE SPIRIT OF THE BLACK DRESS
SMALLWEED´S JOOLZ (Claire Djuve and Airdrie Makim)
REPORTAJE DE TULLIA JACK