bespoke | These two south west girls have their future all sewn up

Design garduate Jasmine Nielsen

On December 4, Curtin University Fashion graduates put on their end of year graduate show Bespoke. Two of the students were from the South West.


Jasmine Nielsen who is originally from Dunsborough and who was also the winner of the SW Life +STYLE Awards Most Popular Designer, presented her collection KARA JANE. 

Kara Jane is a depiction of my values, attitudes and explorations in the fashion and textiles industry. With the ever-growing production and consumption of resources in the fashion textiles industry, it is becoming more important than ever to introduce new sustainable textiles. The aim of my collection is to contribute to the re-instatement of slow fashion through the use of sustainable fashion practices. My pieces collectively highlight the application of Nanollose microbial cellulose materials. While incorporating laser cutting technologies, nuno felting, free hand embroidery and fresh water pearl beading, my garments aim to capture slow fashion practices and elements of haute couture.

As a designer I hold a strong ambition to leave a mark in fashion and textiles industry. My ambitions have been shaped through my studies and experience as a design student. My main motive is to merge the parallels of sustainability and to do so I aim to position myself in a series of platforms to promote sustainable design textiles and practices in a high fashion context. Haute couture and eco fashion are the suitable sectors to present new technologies in its best form as well as contributing to the reinstatement of slow fashion practices. Within my career in the fashion and textiles industry, I will be aiming to work and contribute my skills through undertaking research in leading sustainable technologies. I believe it is important for me to understand the technological elements and means of fashion and sustainability in order to be able to promote it to the best of my abilities. I will aim for my contribution to research to lead into work within the high fashion industry, ultimately promoting sustainable in couture. I hope to be able to do this on an international platform on the sectors of exhibitions or high fashion runways. Ultimately my vision is to work within research internationally based with Nanollose pty ltd, progressing my studies in Nanotechnologies and showcasing my designs in Exhibition and Runway using the application of microbial cellulose materials. In then venture out into the fashion industry with my own label “KARA JANE” as a long term goal after improving my practical skills and business knowledge within the luxury fashion industry.


Kate Hannah originally from Bunbury, presented her collection P’JUNK...

My collection is a critical commentary on fast fashion and the breakneck pace of the fashion industry. As more events and collections are added to the fashion calendar, designers are struggling to meet demand and acting more so as creative directors instructing teams rather than being ‘designers’. With this disconnect and increased output comes a shift - Fashion is becoming less about ‘quality’ and more about ‘quantity’ as luxury fashion strives to compete with the high street. Drawing influence from rebellious youth culture and working with a majority of recycled elements, I have approached this issue from the point of view of youth rising up against the fast fashion industry, taking a punk stand. If we want to see change it must come from those of us who are up-and-coming, we who will inherit this industry and its flaws. Op shop purchased toys, denim recycled from second-hand jeans, tartan repurposed from old kilts, and wool salvaged from long forgotten craft kits of friends and family are some of the recycled elements I have utilised in my statement making collection. Through my collection I have taken the idea of ‘punk’ and recontextualised it, using it as my medium to push back against this current fashion industry issue. Inspirations behind my collection/my work: A major influence on my work is youth culture, in particular the punk subculture. I like to take punk and recontextualize it to put my own spin on it – I believe that in current day society it can be considered punk to adopt a sustainable approach to living to take a stand against mass production and modern throwaway culture, and that’s the approach I choose to take when it comes to punk. My youth culture influence also inspires the cheeky, fun look of my pieces – I love designing things that have a rebellious, fun vibe! I enjoy making fashion that doesn’t take itself to seriously, and I love to make people smile and giggle with my creations!


Techniques: In my collection P’JUNK I used a majority of recycled elements. The denim I used was sourced from secondhand jeans, including the coloured denim I used to make a jacket and matching hat. To make the denim useable as a textile I used a lot of patchwork to make large pieces of cloth from which to cut my pattern pieces. I also used bleach on a denim dress in the collection as a nod to the punk influence behind my work. Another recycled element I used was tartan fabric up-cycled from secondhand kilts. For these I also used patch-working to make the fabric something I could work with, and to blend the different tartan prints together for a fun look! Another technique I used was pom pom making – on a massive scale! I made lots of giant pom poms and attached them together to create two of the most popular pieces in my collection the Pom Pom Wrap, and the Pom Pom Bag. I also designed my own digitally printed satin fabric for this collection. To do this I started by creating a spray paint artwork. I then photographed it and brightened the colours digitally in Photoshop, before uploading it to the website My fabric design was then digitally printed in the United States, and shipped over to me. Textile design is something I enjoy as custom-made fabric gives the freedom to really put your own unique personal stamp on your pieces!


My Future Plans: 2016 was my final year as an undergraduate student – following my recent graduate show on December 4th I’ve now completed my fashion degree! After graduating I now plan on starting my own label, named P’JUNK as a carry on from my graduate collection. This label will embody the principles of 'slow fashion' that I hold dear, infused with my own signature colourful, punk twist. I want to create fun and bold garments/accessories that focus on slow, sustainable fashion, and craft artisanal pieces that incorporate second hand, bricolaged elements to give them new life. Recycled denim, repurposed op shop toys, old kilts donated by grandmas... You name it, I can deconstruct it and make it into something fabulous! I want to carry on my mission of reinvention and recycling through fashion that I have explored through my university work into my own innovative label, and spread the message that 'trash' can be made into wearable bespoke treasure! I want to make an impact on how people view sustainable fashion. Sustainable fashion doesn't have to mean natural fabrics in earthy colours... It can be fun, artistic, rebellious, and youthful! I want to spread the sustainable slow-fashion message to fellow young people, and help spark positive change in the way they consume fashion. I want to get young people interested in owning lovingly crafted fashion pieces, not contributing to the masses of throw away fast-fashion clogging our landfills.



Designer Kate Hannah

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