Gary Bi­geni

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“I love the diver­sity of char­ac­ters and el­e­ments of colour that I find on nearly ev­ery cor­ner – I feel it’s very in line with who I am,” says Syd­ney-born Gary Bi­geni, who as a bach­e­lor of de­sign stu­dent at East Syd­ney UTS would go danc­ing at the Red Rat­tler (“still do!”) and was “drawn to the more al­ter­na­tive in­ner-west cul­ture, so I would spend my evenings and week­ends there”. Within his de­signs, which ex­plore drap­ing and wrap­ping among clas­sic sil­hou­ettes, he has sourced in­spi­ra­tion from the diver­sity of the women in the area. “It’s urban, it’s cer­tainly not the Bondi Syd­ney! You won’t see peo­ple here in board shorts, and there are lots of stu­dents, artists and cre­atives, and there is much more of a mul­ti­cul­tural un­der­ground and al­ter­na­tive style.” The gen­tri­fi­ca­tion in the area he ac­knowl­edges as im­prov­ing its cul­tural vi­tal­ity. “While like a lot of Syd­ney it has be­come very gen­tri­fied, it’s not al­ways a bad thing, given the in­crease in gal­leries and the restau­rant and cafe scene,” he says, ear­mark­ing Chip­pen­dale’s re­de­vel­op­ment, which in­cludes the Old Clare Ho­tel and the White Rab­bit Gallery. “Now it’s nearly un­recog­nis­able – it re­minds me a lot of east Lon­don. They’ve re­ally brought an ex­cit­ing new feel to the area.”

Gary Bi­geni “I put my ear­phones on and walk five min­utes to Me­mo­rial Rest Park to lie on the grass and un­wind.” Brick­fields bak­ery, Chip­pen­dale: “My lo­cal fix for my hot choco­late and sweet crav­ings!” Looks from Gary Bi­geni re­sort ’16.

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