THE woman behind the iconic fashions of Sex and the City will soon land in Joondalup for Urban Couture.
Patricia Field said it was “a great honour” to be invited as the ambassador for this year’s program.
“I greatly enjoy face-to face experiences with my many wonderful fans out there,” the New York designer told Community News.
“It gives me the opportunity to learn more about the women I meet on a more personal basis.”
Now in its seventh year, the City of Joondalup’s Urban Couture program aims to support the WA fashion industry by bringing designers, photographers, textile artists and creative business entrepreneurs into Perth’s northern suburbs.
Field said it was “extremely important” for governments to support and encourage the creative industries.
“I admire and support these initiatives as education and opportunity go hand-in-hand,” she said.
“This is one of the main reasons I was eager to come to the Urban Couture program.”
As part of Field’s role as ambassador, she will spend time with local tertiary fashion students, hosting a masterclass on Tuesday and attending Wednesday night’s emerging and graduate designer showcase runway event.
“Support like the designer showcase is a very positive undertaking as we all know that today, to mount a runway show is very cost prohibitive,” Field said.
“This type of support opens up a doorway to the future success of these young creatives.
“Regarding my fashion masterclass… I enjoy this type of format very much and am hopeful that it will be worthwhile and rewarding to all those that attend.”
Field, who will be in Perth for about a week, said she was most looking forward to “new ideas, young energy, and creative fashion excitement”.
This will be her second time in Perth after she previously visited Perth in 2014 as part of the Style and the City exhibition.
“Hopefully there will be more to come as I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit,” she said.
“It’s important for me to know more about the west coast of Australia; at the moment I consider it a cousin of Los Angeles, strictly because of its geographical location but I’m not sure what else there is in common with the east coast.
“This, I have yet to learn and understand.”
While she is here, the 76-year-old plans to “spend a bit of time with some good Australian and Singaporean friends who I have invited to come”.
When she returns to New York, Field will continue her work on the fifth season of television series Younger.
“I have recently been made to understand this has an important distribution in Australia and I have been receiving positive major feedback,” she said.
“I am also currently developing my ARTFASHION online gallery as well as a physical gallery on the Lower East Side in which I represent a group of artists who paint one-of-a-kind clothing pieces.”
Urban Couture will run from February 25 to March 26, with Field also taking part in a styling event at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City on Friday.
Along with Perth stylist Andrea Tonkin, she will use more than 90 garments from centre retailers to style chic and fashionable on-season looks.
Field will also showcase several costumes featured in Sex and the City.
Other Urban Couture workshops will include floral table arrangement and fascinators with Fox and Rabbit, floral illustration with Katie Gordon, weaving with Phoebe Phillips, pattern making with Belinda Butler as well as the Opening Our Land, Our Hands, Our Minds and Our Eyes exhibition curated by Elle Campbell.
For more information visit www.joondalup.wa.gov.au or call 9400 4230.
ECU students to take part in the emerging and graduate designer showcase
TERTIARY fashion students will take their work to the runway as part of the Urban Couture emerging and graduate designer showcase on Wednesday night.
Among the 12 designers are ECU students Jane Ziemons, Erin Mulholland and Genevieve Isabel Page.
Ziemons said her collection Nomadic Nostalgia was a personal exploration into her Scottish cultural heritage and the “impact of this on creating new connections to people and place”.
“This focussed collection is based on narrative where each aspect of garment has been thoughtfully and meditatively considered,” she said.
“Each decision has been carefully contemplated and each stitch has been sewn with deliberate intention.”
“From the selection of natural fibres, re-purposed fabrics and hand woven cloth, to the slow hand-stitched details, tracing the flow of the River Tay, every aspect of my collection creates a sensitive retelling of a migrant’s journey.”
She said she also explored her association with Scotland’s national emblem the thistle, the Scottish tartan and the kilt.
“The silhouettes that I have created and the use of heavy weight cloth and hand woven pieces, visually represent feelings of loss, connection, grounding and belonging,” she said.
Page said her concepts explored “the intricacies of bodily growth, skin and manipulation of the body”.
“I investigate the structured and fluid nature of skin along with redefining the nature of silhouette through foreign and unexpected garment forms that are functional and non-functional,” she said.
“With the use of exaggerated, extended, texturised garment forms, along with detailed textile work, I attempt to shift perspectives and the ‘ideal’.”
Mulholland asks: “Have you ever looked around you and noticed all the people distracted by something on their mobile phones? Or stopped and considered how much time you spend on your electronics?”
“As a society we are becoming more and more obsessed with living in the virtual world,” she said.
“Are we losing touch with the ‘real’ world? Are we creating a new reality?”
She said her collection titled E reflected on this, conveying the “overwhelming nature of this technological obsession through fractured text and large-scale garments in abstracted/stylised colour grids”.
“Layers push back and cover up the body to zone off from the outside while strong and vibrant red velvet reminds of the tangible world we are all overlooking in our distracted virtual states,” she said.