An Evening Of Inspiration

Raffles Graduate Show

Raffles College Disrupt

Raffles College of Design and Commerce’s latest graduates gave Sydney’s creative community a glimpse into the future with their Annual Graduate Exhibition and Runway Show last Wednesday.

Guests were welcomed through the doors at the Commune in Waterloo and treated to an evening of inspiration through the students’ major project work in Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Digital Media and Photography.

Raffles is a unique education provider based in Parramatta, specialising in design and visual communication. Under the theme ‘Disrupt’, the show embraced the student’s creativity and pushed them to produce innovative ideas, clever collaborations and an intoxicating final show.

A huge range of prints, textures and colours were displayed on the runway. Standout designers included Jasmine Gollan, who’s almost ethereal creations stole my heart – well formed, wearable and sexy. Her play with sheer fabrics and complex structure made for a beautifully put together collection.

Patrick Udommongkol who collaborated with a young Artist from the National Art School, Thomas Skurin, was another favourite. Combining Thomas’ abstract-like art with his garments, Patrick presented designs inspired by Brutalist architecture that were, raw, well cut, and moved beautifully on the runway.

With her idea for a particularly interesting brand ‘Lucia’ – Fashion Marketing student Claudia Carlino presented a fashion customisation e-tailor allowing fashion conscious individuals to create bespoke garments from their own home. Claudia has clearly done her research and is honouring the direction that the fashion industry is moving – toward a more responsible way of buying and owning clothing. Lucia would implement ethical manufacturing and production processes through their in-house team of seamstresses and use of high quality, organic fabrics. Guilt-free shopping that allows you to co-design your perfect wardrobe pieces, what more could a girl want?

It’s clear Raffles has nurtured some incredibly exciting talent this year and prepared them to shake up Sydney’s creative industries…bravo!

Robyn Philip

A Welshie with a wanderlust, Robyn grew up in rural Wales before moving to London to pursue a career in fashion. Having recently upturned her life to move to Australia, she's all about new experiences. Along with a burning fire in her belly for all things fashion, her passions include good food, better drinks, getting outdoors and smiling at dogs.