New Generation Gives Bright Future to Emerging Designers
New Generation represents the heart and soul of what Telstra Perth Fashion Festival is all about, for a second year in 2017, AMP Capital Shopping Centres, Garden City Perth and Karinyup proudly presented the capsule show at Fashion Paramount, Crown Pyramid on 24 September 2017.
The runway is the next step for emerging designers after participating in Future Runway and gives hope to burgeoning creatives by offering both a platform to show their work and a mentor program to support them.
This grassroots approach has been designed to help grow the local fashion industry at a time when the retail space can be challenging to break into.
In addition to presenting their creations on the runway, the seven Perth and Melbourne participating designers also have the opportunity to sell their wares in HATCH, Fashion Council WA’s retail incubator currently open at Karrinyup.
The 2017 New Generation line-up included WA talent Addy Pasquale, Bronte Sawyer, Monique Parr, Kate Hannah and Simone Squires plus VIC designers Sarah Hope Schofield and Victoria Bliss, who both featured in the VAMPP National Graduate Showcase.
It was Pasquale’s ‘Lure’ dress that graced the cover of the official TPFF 2017 program and she was also one of the Perth designers who recently attended China Graduate Fashion Week.
TPFF Director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan said New Generation would present the next big things in the fashion industry, not just from Perth but on a national level.
Last year’s New Generation was a first for the Festival and the inaugural designers have gone on to achieve some great triumphs in the past 12 months, this year we have just as spectacular a line-up, with a real mix of talented creatives who all have a bold and innovative vision for their collections.
— TPFF Director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan
“Through TPFF, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to support these designers at the beginning of what I expect will be very illustrious careers.”
The designers who participated in New Generation 2016 have made the most of their opportunities, with Elle Campbell collaborating with Dilettante on a silk scarf collection, participating in Urban Couture and holding a solo exhibition.
Campbell also exhibited a bespoke garment in FCWA’s China Musings: A Fashion Journey earlier this year, as did fellow New Generation designer Rosemaree White.
Photography: Stefan Gosatti