Urban Couture

by Tiffany Kennedy

Bring out the avant-garde.

2016

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While the northern hemisphere experiences there NYFW, LFW, MFW, PFW, and every other fashion week ever, here in the southern hemisphere, (specifically Western Australia), we have been experiencing (roughly) a month of Urban Couture. Urban Couture explores the avant-garde, theatrical, and experimental sides of fashion. Held within the city of Joondalup, I rushed from my photography course at uni to a fashion event that needed to be photographed. Accompanied by fashion blogger ‘Extremely Neil’ we headed out to see what this was all about.

DSC_0153 copy1Amongst the dim streets at filled carparks, we found a flashing sign that told us we were where the Urban Couture fashion show was to be held for the night. On the top story of a carpark, void of actual cars, held an industrial feel to the avant-garde show, featuring works from students within Western Australia; including works from Central TAFE, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and Polytechnic West. We found our seats, eager for the show to begin. Urban Couture has been running for six years now, so, it looked like they knew what they were doing, well, they definitely did. Featuring works from students such as Courtney Makins, Elle Campbell, Rose Church, Lauren Willems, Rebecca Grime, Shannon Malone, Tamara Loo and also Base by Ben, I wanted to learn more about these items that they had created, which left the audience in awe.

2016 has already shown so much promise for what is to come, and looking at the works down this runway just proves that immensely. Running from one place to another in high heels, wide-legged trousers, and way too many bags was worth it. Perhaps Perth will give NYFW a run for its money (or, at least, Melbourne’s ‘fashion week’).

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Shot on Nikon D3200 + 20mm

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