Fashion Week is a much-anticipated annual event on the Visual Arts calendar – rather a misnomer though, as it now stretches itself over a few weeks rather than just the one. In this, our eighth year of running the event, students were challenged to work in groups of four to design, create and shoot a headpiece and bodice using only paper.
The first day, groups had to research, negotiate and design their piece and then present their concept board to the class for feedback. Once their design was refined, they had one week to work together to create the piece. Our students worked exceptionally well together this year, solving problems and making decisions together without any real conflict. The final pieces were outstanding – antlers seemed to be an unintentional theme throughout the groups, but each piece was completely unique in its design.
Once the pieces were complete, students planned their photoshoot including props, lighting and makeup. On the day of the shoot, they met with makeup artist Fiona Middleton, who talked to them about her career in the Fashion Industry and gave them advice on their models’ makeup. Groups then carried out their photoshoots in one of PIC’s photographic studios, with guidance and support from the tireless and wonderful Irene Alessandro. The resulting photographs are beautiful and are a great testament to our students’ creativity, hard work and effective collaboration as well as the incredible support network they have to work with at NCAT.
This project met learning outcomes for the VCAL Personal Development Skills as well as the Certificate III in Visual Arts unit on collaborative creative projects. We are now looking at exhibition opportunities to show off the students’ beautiful work.