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Curtin University’s new exhibition showcases past fashion success stories


Perth is becoming one of the country’s greatest exports of fashion labels with cult brands such as Poppy Lissiman, Meraki Official, Zhivago, and Wheels and Dollbaby all WA-owned.

These brands started small but now they’re all household names and worn by some of the biggest names in the country and the world.

Founder and creative director of high-end streetwear brand Raw War, Antoinette Raphael, hopes to solidify her name next to these heavy hitters.

“A lot of people think that Perth is such a small city and everyone really wants to escape from it to grow their career and I know there are advantages in travelling and maybe living in other cities for a particular one time but I think it’s really cool to kind of like recognize where you are recognized, recognise who has come before you and kind of take the city with you,” she told AAA.

“Even the people I work with at the moment, it’s just it’s nice to come together and know that we can as a team, to put Perth on the map as well.”

Raphael is a Curtin University fashion design school graduate who is part of the newly launched 20|30 Fashion & Interior Architecture alumni retrospective event held at the university.

The exhibition is celebrating 20 years of fashion and 30 years of interior architecture at Curtin University, with some of the brightest graduates showcasing their memorable works.

The 25-year-old said she was grateful to have her work shown alongside graduates such as the WRIGHT Systems and Luka Rey.

“It’s a big moment for me, I’m really blessed and it just feels I’m really proud to say that I’m part of this . . . there are many parts of it, but it’s quite limited, and I feel really grateful to be part of the group that they’ve chosen.”

Head of fashion at Curtin University, Dr Anne Farren, said the next generation of fashion designers are being more environmentally friendly and conscious.

“It has been fantastic to re-connect with so many of the fashion graduates. It is amazing to see their work and hear their stories,” Dr Farren told AAA.

“Yes, there is the old guard doing amazing work but also an exciting new generation of designers and makers who leading the way and re-thinking the future of fashion. For example, young interdisciplinary teams such as WRIGHT Systems and Fibre Economy are already making a difference.”

WRIGHT Systems sources all their fabric and buttons second-hand, as well as a significant portion of the thread used, and Fibre Economy is a start-up social enterprise, working together towards a world without textile waste.

The exhibition is open until August 5.



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