2017 was an insane year full of life-changing moments, travel, and memories.
Kicking off the year I started assisting in the studio of the amazing Melbourne designer Vincent Li, I had studied his work during my final year of study and I was a huge fan. He brings a unique vision and outsider influence to men’s fashion. I was able to see from conception to a finished garment, I gained a lot of confidence in how to work through each layer of work and had the opportunity to be on his photoshoots, runway shows, and client meetings.
In February I officially graduated from Kangan for Fashion Design and Technology, and was shocked and honoured to be awarded their ‘inspirational student of the year’ which lead to being featured in my local paper, which I’m pretty sure makes me a grade A celebrity (lol?)
In April I travelled with Vincent to Shanghai and Hong Kong where I got to see fabric supplier, amazing fashion, and attend Shanghai Fashion week. The art galleries, architecture, and show rooms where beyond inspiring. There’s something about traveling and seeing people making their dreams come true that makes you feel like you can do it.
I took that inspiration and decided to start my first run of knitwear under my own label. Knitwear is a whole different beast to traditional cut and sew garments, so I had to learn a lot on the fly. Making in The Fashion and Textile Hub in Richmond, Melbourne meant a lot clearer communication and a lot more transparent ethically.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to create costumes for theatre throughout the year, all starting with my great friend and actor Micheal Fenemore Cocks for his role in MacBeth.
The second half the year also brought the opportunity to work with some amazing stylists, lending out previous work. Nothing feels more special than seeing something you worked so hard on than seeing it photographed for the world to see.
The end of 2017 forced me to take a break from work as I had the ‘Nuss Procedure’ which is a corrective surgery on the chest to reshape the rib cage from those who suffer (as I did) from a condition called Pectus Excavatum, a not often spoken about birth defect where the ribcage is bent in towards the internal organs. As the final weeks of 2017 came to a close I’ve finally been recovered enough to start work again. I can’t wait to hit 2018 even harder.
Happy New Year! It's been a crazy swing around the sun and I can't wait to get on with this one.