Rookie’s body of work hits the catwalk
A young design student is challenging stereotypes in her first ever catwalk collection.
Third year AUT University fashion and design student Jill Tu is one of 21 students chosen to show their work at the AUT Rookie Fashion Show being held today.
Her collection of four outfi feature lines printed on to simple garments in patterns to emphasise certain body parts.
She says the lines create an optical illusion to highlight feminine features, like the bust, hips, thighs and calves.
Her original idea was to play with body proportions and she began by looking at super-skinny catwalk models.
“I wanted to go against that whole anorexia look,” she says.
Jill has been working on the collection since the beginning of this year and says it will be exciting to see it on the runway for the first time.
“It’s really good looking at your stuff that you worked so hard on.”
AUT senior fashion lecturer and Rookie director Andreas Mikellis says this will be the first time in its six years the Rookie show has been held separately from fashion week.
He says the student show needed a profile of its own, and the move is a positive one.
Of around 50 students in third year fashion and design, a balance of collections were chosen that show the breadth of the students’ work.
Mr Mikellis says in the past the Rookie show has launched well-known designers such as Jaeha Alex Kim, Camille Howie and Sherie Muys.
Fashion-industry representatives attend the event, and it’s not uncommon for students to be approached by designers or retailers interested in their work.
“It’s a great launching pad,” he says.
“It gives them a really high profile.”
The Rookie Fashion Show is held today at 3pm and again at 7pm at St Paul’s Church on Symonds St.
For more information about the fashion show contact Melanie Cooper on 9219674.
Optical illusion: Fashion and design student Jill Tu is one of the entries at this year’s Rookie fashion show.