Fashion's new class.

Words by

Veronica Stanford

There’s under a month 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 Partners 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.

Meet Alexandra Lane from University of Technology Sydney. 

Describe your grad collection in three words:

Interchangeable, architectural, crisp.

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

Working with knitwear to develop a bonded and raw-edged finish. As knit frays excessively, it was a huge challenge developing a technique that would allow me to bond the knitting, while keeping the edges raw. 

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

Kate Moss circa 1992–1999. Something along the lines of a sheer-rib knit, spaghetti strap dress. An oversized bonded jacket featuring minimal and geometric panel lines, chunky zippers and detachable pockets. 

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

Hours and hours of podcasts! 

Is there a designer you aspire to be like or look up to? Why/why not?

Ximon Lee. I admire him because he is an exceptionally talented emerging designer, who has a completely original aesthetic and style. He is quickly making a name for himself, being the first menswear collection to win the H&M Design Award. 

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

Fashionable but minimal basics that are multi-functional and incorporate slow design. 

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In New York or London (hopefully), working for one of the big fashion houses.

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

Industrial design or advertising.

What fashion trend do you most dislike?

Bubble skirts and Ed Hardy. 

Favourite fashion moment?

Nineties minimal movement – think Calvin Klein and Jil Sander. 

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

Start saving! 


To see Alexandra's work in the flesh, get your National Graduate Showcase Tickets here. See ya there!


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