Origins CREATIVE EXPRESSION 17 Suspending the (un)conventional for fashion exhibit As Origins goes to print, students from the Certiﬁcate IV in Fashion Design and Wearable Art are crafting “kooky” creations for their exhibition at the Darwin Festival 2009. Inspired by the work of renowned gown from the front and a dishevelled, British photographer Tim Walker, the deconstructed labyrinth of fabric at Moda Polymorphica (fashion, multi- the back. faceted) exhibit at this year’s Darwin “I used sandpaper to break down the Festival was designed to challenge cloth’s texture, then bleached, knotted both designers and viewers to think and shredded the fabric to create the “outside the box” and to showcase the train, which is detachable. I also screen- imagination and creative skills of CDU’s printed intricate motifs on to scraps fashion students. of fabric which were then sewn on to The project brief asked the students to add to the visual impact of the gown, create an “out there” piece of wearable particularly when it’s lit up,” Marie said. art that included a sleeve or strap, a All the hard work and long hours have cane hoop in the skirt and would work clearly paid off. Marie and her fellow visually from all angles, but particularly students’ creations are quite simply works from below, as the creations were to be of art and will no doubt create a visually suspended from a tree and illuminated. stunning exhibit at this year’s festival. The creative pulse that gave life to the And while this project may have been designs and exhibit began with the daunting at ﬁrst, it’s spurred on Marie’s work of eminent fashion and portrait passion for fashion. photographer Tim Walker. The rich photography of this award-winning “I’ve been told I have a unique style. I’m British artist features regularly in not sure how I could deﬁne it because the world’s most exclusive fashion I draw inspiration from everywhere. magazines. It’s a mixture of many styles, meshing together hard and soft lines and using Student Marie McGreggor said that natural and manmade colours and despite the initial surprise of the materials. Darwin Festival brief, she and her fellow students were soon enveloped “I want to work on my dressmaking by excitement. techniques, while I study at CDU, so I can ﬁnely hone my style and some day Anatomy of couture “I must confess, I was a little get it out there on the catwalks,” she overwhelmed at ﬁrst by the enormity of To create “Cinderella after said. And having created couture just the project. I only learnt to machine sew midnight”, Marie used: four months after learning to machine back in February (this year). But after sew, Marie is sure to claim a space on > 8m of cotton fabric many late nights designing and creating the fashion stage. > 8m of lining my dress, it’s now ﬁnally complete. And > 100m of thread although I’m a perfectionist, so am ever > 1m cane hoop critical of my work, I am quite proud of the ﬁnished result.” text left > 1lt of bleach Row Booker Some of the creations > .5m of sandpaper And proud she should be. ready for the Darwin Festival exhibit. > 500ml fabric paint The 23-year-old’s work, which she image Julianne Osborne > 290 hours on construction described as “Cinderella after midnight”, > unlimited imagination is spectacular: a deep purple ﬁtted ball web byte To view Tim Walker’s fashion photography, visit the Design Museum W: www.designmuseum. org/exhibitions/2008/timwalker.