Christopher Dobosz wins Australian Fashion Graduate of the Year

Sydney TAFE’S Christopher Dobosz has taken out this year’s Nando’s Australian Fashion Graduate of the Year with his collection ‘Dorian; a graphic novel.’

Competing against eleven other student graduates from all over the country, Christopher was awarded $5000 cash by the judging panel including David Bush, the national womenswear buyer for David Jones and Brisbane designer Paul Hunt.

Based on the Victorian horror story ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey’ by Oscar Wild, Christopher set out to create a post apocalyptic Victorian world that his ‘girl’ could storm through.

This futuristic concept translated into a sleek collection of exposed zips, high mandarin collars and intense seam details. Rigid fabrics such as leather and laminated wool were cleverly manipulated into fluid ruffles and geometric panels on the body, giving the collection a feeling of both structure and softness.

Citing the fabrication as one of his favourite elements of the collection, Christopher traveled with friends to Tokyo to source the fabrics.

“We found some amazing textures. One in particular was a paper fabric that cannot be torn. You can draw on it, you can paint it, you can scrunch it in to a ball, but it cannot be torn. It’s completely indestructible.”

Innovative fabrics seemed a popular choice on the night with Jessica Knell of RMIT presenting a collection that incorporated deconstructed straw hats and basket weave details. Danielle Van Camp of UTS wowed the crowd with a harlequin collection of gold jackets and metallic pants, worthy of a Roisin Murphy performances, while MSIT’s Romayne Scott’s range of colourful digital prints and sheer blush tones showed great promise for achieving success within a commercial market and giving designer label Zimmerman a run for their money.

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