WA creatives mixed with New York fashion icon Patricia Field in an inspiring presentation of works at the inaugural PechaKucha network event for Joondalup’s Urban Couture last night.
Nine speakers including Field, photographer Jarrad Seng, fashion retailer Edward Maradona and fashion designer Kate Hannah were asked to educate the audience about their practice by using 20 images relevant to their work with 20 seconds allotted to discuss each image.
Field is the international ambassador for this year’s festival and spoke about her career and the work she has done on the set of Sex and the City.
She said she believed she inherited her mum’s entrepreneurialism, which she said was way ahead of its time.
She added headwear she wore in the ‘80s had been the inspiration for the desert scene in Sex and the City 2 where Kim Cattrall’s character Samantha is seen walking in dunes wearing a white replica of her headwear.
“I called my designer friend and said to him ‘I want you to make me one in white’,” she said.
“That created the whole scene for me, that hat.”
“I had the whole picture and it was so great to create that from experiences, it was really cool.”
Perth fashion designer and Curtin University graduate Kate Hannah of label P’junk spoke of the importance of sustainable fashion.
Hannah said she drew her inspiration from punk culture, Japanese street fashion and youth culture.
“I’m inspired by anything that has a DIY aesthetic,” she said.
“The idea of taking what is available to you and making something awesome from it, I love.
“I’m also really inspired by sustainability and the movement of sustainability within the fashion industry.”
Hannah said hearing statistics about how many textiles end up as landfill, as well as garment manufacturing and ethics, is what inspired her with her fashion practice.
Maradona, who opened his store Cabinet Noir in 2013, a shop tucked away in Shafto Lane in Perth CBD, said he fell into the industry because he enjoyed fashion.
The former professional dancer said fashion was an expression of one’s self and his goal was to create the best store in the world.
“The whole attitude in fashion is really important to me and that’s the whole thing I build on as part of my character,” he said.
“My vision is to create the best store in the world; some people may think that’s arrogant but that’s my vision.
“I don’t want to open a store that is mediocre I want to be on the same level as the guys in Paris, Japan.
“I want it to be up there and want people to recognise Perth.”
Urban Couture runs until March 26.