RMIT Uncovers The Future Of Fashion
RMIT University has showcased the future of global fashion innovation and design at the Young Essentials Project (YEP) launch.
This year 120 students formed into 18 groups to work with Australia's most influential fashion brands Myer, Country Road and Sportsgirl to produce amazing capsule collections.
Recognised as Australia's premiere innovative fashion and business program, the Associate Degree in Fashion and Textiles Merchandising's elite YEP program has been producing high level graduates for 14 years.
The launch held last night at Melbourne's Silk Road featured special guests including iconic Australian designer Joe Saba and model Nick Bracks.
YEP winners for each retailer often go on to have their capsule collections produced and sold in store.
Winners for the Young Essentials Project 2013 are:
MYER – 'Gen Y" Miss Shop Casual Range. Lily Primmer, Ellen Hamilton, Laura Smalley, Elise Wierzbowski, Cinor Yang
COUNTRY ROAD – 'Children of Style" A/W 14 Menswear Range. Rebekah Best, Loryn Hall, Jessica Pola, Madeline Whelan, Chloe Nackashian, Kali Potter, Jessica Belview
SPORTSGIRL – 'Mermaids" Sleepwear Collection. Amie Gilliland, Carla Di Felice, Jessie Green, Stephanie Tang, Maddigan Henderson, Meaghan Kaussman.
Rose Schiavello, National Business Development Manager, Myer, said what stood out among the students was their passion and enthusiasm for their work. 'Their ranges and ideas were really well thought out and the presentations were excellent," Ms Schiavello said.
'They're definitely students who will make a great career in the industry."
YEP Manager Robyn Lyons said the program stood out from the crowd by giving students the unique opportunity to work closely on business and design projects with key industry figures in fashion and retail.
'Students push the boundaries of fashion by developing capsule collections and business plans to a commercial brief working with the nation's most influential fashion retailers", Ms Lyons said.