Rookie’s body of work hits the cat­walk

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Op­ti­cal il­lu­sion: Fash­ion and de­sign stu­dent Jill Tu is one of the en­tries at this year’s Rookie fash­ion show.

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