Candida Horn Sanderson - 'Girl With A Mandolin' 1910 by Pablo Picasso - HC 2

Jennifer Nguyen - 'Allegory of Winter' 1686-1761 by Jacques de la Joue - HC 4

Mat Lee - 'KL51' 2011 by Yago Hortal - First Place

First Place – Mat Lee, his gown inspired by ‘KL51’ by Yago Hortal

Catherine Conlan - 'Organism' by Chris O'Doherty - 2nd place

Second – Catherine Conlan, her gown was inspired by Chris O’Doherty’s ‘Organism.

Jack Huang - 'Self Portrait Facing Death' 1972 by Pablo Picasso - 3rd Place

Third – Jack Huang, his gown was referenced Pablo Picasso’s ‘Self Portrait Facing Death’

If there was ever any doubt in your mind about the future of Sydney fashion, let me reassure you it’s in perfectly capable hands. I’ve been educated on the talent of our next gen designers at the recently held annual TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio eveningwear showcase in which third-year students showcased their eveningwear designs, inspired by famous paintings.

And what a show it was! Using the design and architecture of the painting’s era to inspire line, shape and silhouette. The design brief was open to selecting any artist’s work from any period, recreating the artwork in the form of an eveningwear gown, displaying creativity and innovation with an atypical approach.

A panel of fashion industry alumni judged the showcase, including FDS graduate and talented independent designer, Christopher Esber, Georgina Safe, Fashion Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers, Patty Huntington, correspondent for Women’s Wear Daily and journalist at Frockwriter, stylist Lydia Jane Saunders, former head designer at CUE, Prue Rainey and artist and designer of Zoemou and zm925 jewellery, Zoe Sernack.

The winner, Mat Lee’s design was inspired by the artwork ‘KL51’ by Yago Hortal. The judging panel praised Mat for his ability to translate the artwork into a highly skilled and textured eveningwear gown. Each look was completed by Cameron Jane in conjunction with Toni & Guy who produced stunning makeup and hair creations which truly complemented the student’s unique, individual and artistic designs.

Spectating amongst great company, more than two hundred media and fashion industry VIP’s were in attendance to preview the innovation and talent of the latest up-and-coming young designers. The most outstanding designers selected from the 2014 graduating class will join alumni such as Christopher Esber, Dion Lee, Alex Perry and Akira Isogawa in participating at MBFWA in 2015.

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