University students exhibit fashion at the Joondalup Art Gallery as part of Urban Couture

Above: Students Wenbin Wang, Marnie Thompson, Ryan Buckley and Holly Allbracht with artist Kieran Stewart. Inset: Artist Kieran Stewart with student Natasha Veurink.
Above: Students Wenbin Wang, Marnie Thompson, Ryan Buckley and Holly Allbracht with artist Kieran Stewart. Inset: Artist Kieran Stewart with student Natasha Veurink.

UNIVERSITY students are re-thinking traditional forms of fashion and dressmaking to create inflatable designs that will be on show at the City of Joondalup's Urban Couture event next year.

The ECU contemporary fashion and WAAPA costume design students recently explored using new pattern-making methods by inflating the space between the body and the garment as part of a workshop with professional inflatable visual artist Kieran Stewart.

‘The preliminary designs and experiments are looking really good,’ Stewart said.

‘It’s going to be really interesting to see where the students take their designs from here.

‘I think that there will be a high-end aesthetic to the garments. From what I’ve seen, there is an economy of design that will mean some very clean and well-executed garments.’

Urban Couture is a series of fashion events aimed to support the WA industry.

‘It brings fashion designers, photographers, textile artists and creative business entrepreneurs into Perth’s northern metropolitan region,’ Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said.

‘It has become a leading program in the Perth fashion calendar.’

The students’ works will be on display at the Joondalup Art Gallery from March 2 to April 1.