Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival 2018
“Hybrid Identities” Offsite Runway
"Nereid" Gown debut
Model: Adi Cass
Photography: Simon Heenan
Gallery Icon photo by: @dudaberthofilms (Instagram)
Hosted by LCI Melbourne “Hybrid Identities” formed the crossroad between fashion and wearable art, emphasising the future of emerging Australian talent. Under themes of how the future environment is shaping the clothing we wear and technologies impact on that wearability, the ideas were charged with innovative fabric manipulation and augmenting the wearers body shapes on the runway to bring the future of design to the viewer.
The “Nereid” gown stays true to its’ namesake of the beauty and mystery still hidden within the waves of the sea. Conceived from the idea of luminescent jellyfish that inhabit the darkest ocean floor, this design merges modern principles with century old couture techniques and finishings.
Hand pintucked fabric creates organic textures akin to an organism from the depths of the sea, as fluid as movement through waves of water. The textile shimmers as a transparent outer skin while flowing through the design as a growing entity, like the gown is alive and self-aware.