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‘Future Fashion’ exhibition unveils next generation of designers


Arman Martirosian - NEBULAS. Photographer: Julia Liang
Arman Martirosian - NEBULAS. Photographer: Julia Liang
A new crop of fashion and textile designers you need to have on your radar are set to showcase their creations in an exhibition at Powerhouse Castle Hill.

Future Fashion will see graduates from four of Sydney’s top fashion schools exhibit their innovative designs.

From Saturday 1 June, the exhibition will provide a glimpse into the concepts, processes and sustainable techniques developed by the next generation of designers emerging from four Sydney-based fashion design institutions – Whitehouse Institute of Design, University of Technology Sydney, Fashion Design Studio: TAFE NSW Ultimo Campus, and Torrens University Australia: Billy Blue College of Design.

Lina Yu – Museum Objects. Photographer: Alex LV

Spotlighting high-level technical skills and concepts inspired by form, sound, history, haptics and experiences, the exhibition includes selected works from collections developed by recent graduates Arman Martirosian (Whitehouse Institute of Design), Lina Yu (University of Technology Sydney), Samara Darling (Fashion Design Studio: TAFE NSW Ultimo Campus) and Will Maddock (Torrens University Australia: Billy Blue College of Design).

Accompanying the exhibition is a curated talks program. Four featured designers will share stories behind their innovative designs through artist talks with Powerhouse fashion curator Glynis Jones. Issues surrounding sustainability in fashion will be explored in a design-focused presentation led by TAFE NSW Head of Fashion Design Studio Laura Washington. Audiences will also see rare glimpses of unique fashion pieces on display at Powerhouse Castle Hill through curator-led tours.

Samara Darling – Im Sorry For Interrupting. Photographer: Timilehin Akindoyeni

Held at Powerhouse Ultimo annually since 1993, the Future Fashion exhibition reflects the Australian fashion industry’s adaptability and responsiveness to key global trends, and the tertiary education sector’s role in cultivating designers’ creativity, entrepreneurship and critical thinking skills.

Notable alumni previously exhibited in Future Fashion include Dion Lee, Toni Maticevski, Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales from Romance Was Born, Claire Tregoning from P.E Nation, and Lyna Ty from Song for the Mute.

Future Fashion will be presented from 1 June 2024 at Powerhouse Castle Hill, open every weekend from 10am–4pm.

For more information about the exhibition, visit this website.

Will Maddock – D.SSENT. Photographer: Keoni Davis


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