FASH­ION:

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Are you as bored with fash­ion as I am at the mo­ment? Been look­ing for some­thing to peak your in­ter­est? Maybe even ex­cite you? A male de­signer who knows what a woman wants to wear and how flam­boy­ant she is will­ing to go? With Fa­ther’s

Day to­mor­row, we cel­e­brate cre­ative men to­day.

Ju­lian Napier is a young the­atri­cal fash­ion de­signer based on the Gold Coast. At just 26 years of age, Ju­lian has es­tab­lished a solid brand tai­lored to the lady who dares to be dif­fer­ent. Yes!

Fol­low­ing high school, Ju­lian be­came in­creas­ingly in­trigued by the world of fash­ion and de­sign­ing cre­ative gar­ments and he en­rolled to study Ap­plied Fash­ion De­sign and

Tech­nol­ogy at the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of

Cre­ative De­sign on the Gold Coast. He founded his epony­mous la­bel “Ju­lian Napier” while study­ing and cre­at­ing his first col­lec­tions at col­lege. Win­ning the Elec­tric Play­ground Club Cou­ture De­sign Award helped in­spire him to build brand aware­ness of the la­bel by es­tab­lish­ing an ex­ten­sive on­line pro­file through so­cial me­dia, a web­site and net­work­ing with cre­atives in the in­dus­try.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing in 2011, Ju­lian was of­fered the op­por­tu­nity for an in­tern­ship with the cos­tume de­part­ment on the set of the movie Bad Karma, star­ring Do­minic Pur­cel and Ray Liotta. This led him to take on fur­ther roles in the in­dus­try such as cos­tume de­signer for short film Seek­ing Sor­rel Wood; cos­tume de­signer for Tara Sim­mons’ mu­sic video Be Gone; cos­tume de­signer for the play Medea: The River Runs Back­wards; and an in­tern­ship with Kit­ten D’amour.

Ju­lian con­tin­ued to raise the pro­file of the la­bel with mul­ti­ple sea­sonal col­lec­tions un­der the Ju­lian Napier brand. Th­ese have been show­cased with the­atri­cal pho­to­shoots and broad­cast to his es­tab­lished on­line fol­low­ing; the most re­cent of which was in July 2016 for a Look Book pho­to­shoot at the Royal Queens­land Art So­ci­ety’s gallery in Broad­beach.

The fu­ture will see many more unique col­lec­tions de­signed and made lo­cally on the Gold Coast. As the Ju­lian Napier la­bel con­tin­ues to grow, there are plans to ex­pand the of­fer­ing of cus­tom-made gar­ments and in­crease the la­bel’s pres­ence in the cos­tume sec­tor of the in­dus­try.

Ju­lian Napier is bring­ing the­atrics to the Sun­shine Coast. He will show­case on the cat­walk at the Sun­shine Coast Fash­ion Fes­ti­val on Oc­to­ber 22. See www.ju­lian­napier.com.au and www.sun­shinecoast­fash­ion­fes­ti­val.com.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WARDROBE MAS­TER: Ju­lian Napier.

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