Each year, the St. George NextGen show brings together a handful of young designers looking to break into the industry, with this year’s iteration offering up four of Australia’s most promising talents. We saw Madison Hislop’s romantic take on the deconstruction of feminist power suiting; Benjamin Garg’s transportive fusion of Kota Dorian techniques and contemporary shapes; Brian Huynh’s vision for self-actualised suiting, and Chloe Mottau’s multifaceted celebration of all things knitwear.
Each of the collections suggested that there’s plenty to be excited about here on home turf. It seems that no longer do our young designers feel their geographical isolation as a disadvantage, but instead, a point of difference. Australia’s seclusion has become a springboard for a unique perspective on the role of visual language and global trends within an increasingly diversifying Australian culture, and the way that culture contributes to the fashion conversation at large. Backstage, in the afterglow of their just finished runway presentation, i-D caught up with all four young designers to learn more about their collections and what’s next.
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