Dimity is a 23-year-old recent fashion graduate, born and raised in Melbourne’s North-East. Having recently completed an Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design and Technology at Kangan Institute.
Her love for fashion is inspired by unique textile design and embellishment techniques, constantly exploring new directions in this arena as Dimity strives to push the boundaries in an attempt to find new tactile possibilities.
Dimity is creative in every aspect of her life and enjoys to constantly learn and develop my skills and ideas with her own feel for a minimalistic androgynous streetwear aesthetic.
"I don’t remember where my love for fashion or sewing came from, however, I was bought up in a very creative family with both my Mum and grandmother being artists and my sister being an animator" Dimity expresses. Having noticed at a young age that she preferred to work in 3D.
Having been sewing since she can remember and cutting up her Mum’s clothes to transform them into something amazing (in her my mind) and naturally, that obsession has progressed to where she is today.
When it came to finding tertiary education, she was interviewed by a few fashion school, as soon as she sat down and saw what Kangan had to offer she knew where she wanted to spend my next few years.
Tell us your experience studying fashion design at Kangan? What were your fashion moments?
Studying at Kangan was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life. Honestly, I spent my first couple of years still unsure on whether I was heading in the right direction, however as soon as I entered my final year I knew fashion was the industry I wanted to be in.
My whole time at Kangan was full of highlights, the first being at the annual fashion show in the 1st year and getting to see my work on real models on a real runway for the first time. The best year had to be my final one as I felt I accomplished everything I set out to do; being accepted to show at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, receiving a scholarship to travel and study in Indonesia and receiving the award for ‘Outstanding Womenswear Collection’ at the graduate fashion show. Of course my year didn’t come without struggle; constructing a whole outfit from scratch on our first day of advanced diploma was enough to scare me silly for what was to come for the rest of the year, most assignments were finished with next to no sleep and I used every last inch of creativity that I had left in me. However, I look back on my time at Kangan and know every sleepless night was worth it and every assignment that led to tears of frustration and defeat made me more prepared for the next one. I look back on all I’ve done in these few years and couldn’t be prouder of all I’ve achieved.
For your final collection, what was your inspiration behind it, and how long did it take you to complete?
The ocean and the beach holds a special place in my heart, I feel like it’s where I’ve spent half of my life and where I’ve been raised. Naturally, this is where my ideas grew from. My graduate collection ‘The Man and The Sea’, is based around the idea of an old fisherman falling overboard and becoming a part of the sea or some kind of creature. I enjoy creating fashion that stems from fantasy, as it’s a visual representation of what’s in my mind. I incorporated my love of textile manipulation and experimentation through melting fabrics, knitwear and fibre destruction.
The whole process from conception to final construction was around eight months, however, the most difficult and lengthy part was the design period and having to narrow down my ideas.
Most difficult thing you've had to learn since studying fashion design?
The hardest thing to learn was the fact that the fashion industry I saw in my head when I was little is far different to reality, in terms of the impacts that everyday fashion has on the people it employs, and the environment and the animals we source from so greedily.
..And the best thing studying fashion design?
The best thing I’ve learnt is probably the same as the most difficult as it has made me more of the industry I’m entering. While I more aware of the impacts I’m having to both the fashion world and the world we live in, it also forces me to explore alternative options and push myself creatively.
You've only just started your fashion journey, what's next for you?
That’s a tough one! I have so many different paths I want to take, however at the moment I would like to find a label that is up and coming and be a part of a growing business as I find it an important experience for when I decide to create my own brand. I definitely would love to work hands on with textile experimentation, so I’m looking for a for label that has that as a core part of their brand.
Advice to anyone wanting to study your course?
Go in with an open mind. I started the course with this idea of who I wanted to be after I’d finished, it turns out the course took me in a completely different direction and I couldn’t be more thankful.
Just keep going, focus on each task in front of you and try not to be overwhelmed by the grandeur of the whole course.
Most importantly, don’t let other people’s opinions bother you, and don’t change your ideas to please others or you’ll end the course feeling as though you haven’t stayed true to yourself.
Photographer credit: Rebecca Dimovski!