Fashion's new class.

Words by

Veronica Stanford

There’s just over a week until the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival kicks off for 2016 and we've got a bunch of reasons why we’re excited.

One of these is that we’re Supporting Partner of the VAMFF National Graduate Showcase, Presented by Target.

So we’ve been spending a lot of time getting to know the creative talents that are the 12 finalists. And we think you should too.

Say hey to Stephanie Frig from UTS.

Describe your grad collection in three words: 

Excessive, adorned, synthetic. 

What was the most challenging thing about the creation of your collection? 

I wanted to set out and create a collection in which the textiles were all handmade. This was challenging because it was very time consuming and risky, as I didn’t know whether it would work out as a textile option (in particular the latch hooking). 

If you could design an outfit for any person alive or dead, who would it be and what would it look like? 

I would love to design something similar to my collection, for any of the women photographed in Charles H. Traub’s book Lunchtime. 

What is your favourite song or album to play when working on your designs? 

‘C’est Chic’ by Chic and a bit of Janet Jackson. 

Is there a designer you aspire to be like or look up to?

Miuccia Prada, because she is open to all kinds of beauty. 

Where do you think there is a gap in the fashion market? 

Appreciation for creativity and traditional artisan craft among the mass market. 

Where do you see yourself in five years? 

Hopefully finished a master's course, either in London or Antwerp, and working in fashion design or textiles within a fashion house. 

If you weren’t into fashion design, what would you be doing? 

Set design.

What fashion trend do you most dislike? 

Tight festival wear. 

Favourite fashion moment? 

Shirley MacLaine in What A Way To Go! 1964. 

What advice you would give to someone wanting to study fashion? 

Constantly be open to anything and everything, re-evaluate the expected.

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