Next gen designers: Hannah Kim

Future makers.

VAMFF is here and we can’t wait for tomorrow. That’s when the National Graduate Showcase, Presented by Target and Supported by Fashion Journal (!) will finally take place.

We’ll see the best design work from some of the country’s most talented fashion graduates, so we know it’s going to be good. (Trust us, we helped pick them). Here’s a little look at what’s to come.

Get to know the designer behind Haluminous, Hannah Kim from UTS.

Describe your grad collection in three words:

Street Couture, romantic and sensitive.

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

Time management, due to the amount of embellishment and embroidery on the garments. There was so much embroidery and beading that it was challenging to work within a set time frame. There seemed to be no end to the embellishing. I also had to carefully balance and combine an artistic/couture aesthetic with ready-to-wear/sporty elements. I wanted to make it look young and stylish, to achieve the ‘street couture’ style.

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

Chloë Moretz, Xiao Wen Ju, Barbara Palvin or Rihanna. 

My garments are quite romantic and pretty when you first look at them, but a closer look at each shows they’re almost cynical and quirky. They’re beautiful with detailed beading, contrasted with odd illustrations, poems and bold embellishments. They’re full of stories, juxtaposition and contrast. I wanted to challenge the normality and prettiness of these garments by hiding almost grotesque and odd elements within.

I would love to dress Chloë Moretz as she would suit any of my outfits, with her youthful and pure face. Despite her young age, she is  graceful and sophisticated with dignity and elegance. Chloë seems to be born for acting, she’s got multiple, transformable faces. Underneath her prettiness, she’s got a naughty cheekiness within her eyes that makes her incomparably attractive among the beautiful actresses. 

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

XXYYXX, ‘Blame game’ by Kanye West, Drake, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, RL Grime remixes and I’m currently into Pusha T and Travis Scott.

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

Raf Simons is the only designer that I have actually researched and looked at. His designs, especially in the years of Dior, are genius collaborations of couture and modernism. They’re stylish and have an ageless elegance with almost street, youthful vibes.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In accessories or shoes, a designer, a freelance textiles/print designer. Or at Prada or Proenza Schouler *wink wink*

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

Nothing, that’s why I was scared in HSC. So I studied like crazy for two months to get the ATAR for UTS fashion. Fashion was something that was a solid and unchangeable dream that I had since I was nine or 10 years old. Actually, maybe art? A psychotic painter. Or in business! 

I think I would be running a selective, multi-brand shop for girls with high-end and emerging designers’ garments, accessories, bags and artwork, with good music playing and tea supplied. 

What fashion trend do you most dislike?

I don’t hate trends, they come and go and people who make the trends are usually cool. Though I hate looking at ‘trendy clothing’ worn by multiple people at the same time, that makes me feel awkward.

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

DO NOT CHOOSE FASHION! Jokes, wait and consider it once more!!! 

In all seriousness, I would recommend anyone who is passionate about fashion to also study art or even literature. Through four years of studying, I have realised fashion is one huge category of art. It’s a most amazing yet underrated type of art, that walks and talks. It carries history, memories and the future of the wearer.

I find fashion highly academic yet so free of academia. It is exciting and thrilling, even at the end of studying fashion, you have a million possibilities to choose from. It opens the door to textiles, art, all types of design areas (interior, accessories, etc) and business.

Fashion is all about ‘creating’ and to create something so highly related and intimate to our body, is extremely meaningful. The sense of accomplishment you achieve at the end of the creative journey is almost miraculous and astonishing. 


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