The Endless Garment Showcases Cutting-edge Knit Fashion

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The Endless Garment showcases cutting-edge knit fashion 


Throw away any notion of shawls, knitting needles and chunky wool vests – when

The Endless Garment exhibition opens at RMIT Gallery on 12 February it will

feature bold fashion, sexy revealing knits and astounding creations from 10

international and Australian designers. 


“This exhibition will change the way people see knitwear. The clothes are so new

they have come straight from the catwalks of Paris and Milan,” curator Robyn

Healy said.


“Many of these designers don’t even stock their clothes in Australia. This will be the

first time people can see these clothes up close and in Melbourne. It’s a real coup.”


RMIT Gallery is proud to present a stunning collection of cutting-edge knit fashion

in a major new exhibition to showcase the combination of computerised industrial

knitting machines and international fashion design.


The Endless Garment: The New Craft of Machine Knitting brings to Australia for

the first time nine leading international designers: ISSEY MIYAKE (Japan), Yoshiki

Hishinuma (Japan), Sandra Backlund (Sweden), Cooperative Designs (UK), Mark

Fast (UK), Saverio Palatella (Italy), Freddie Robins (UK), SIBLING (UK) and Walter

Van Beirendonck (Belgium).


Dai Fujiwara, Creative Director of ISSEY MIYAKE Creative Room, will give a public

lecture at RMIT University’s Storey Hall on 17 March, 6pm-8pm.


Successful Australian knitwear designer Nikki Gabriel – who has worked with

designers including Akira Isogawa – features in the exhibition and will make a

address at the opening night on Thursday, 11 February, 6pm-8 pm. 


A model will be wearing Ms Gabriel’s designs at the event. 


Now based in New Zealand, Ms Gabriel will also conduct a workshop at RMIT

Gallery on Friday, 12 February, featuring her highly popular Construction Patterns

and imported yarn.


RMIT is the leading educational institution for fashion and textile education in the

southern hemisphere. 


RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne Davies said it was fitting the gallery was presenting

an innovative exhibition of this calibre.


“We are thrilled that internationally renowned designer Dai Fujiwara has agreed to

give a public lecture specifically tied into this exhibition,” Ms Davies said.


“We will also be transforming part of the gallery into a knitting factory with two

computerised flat bed knitting machines from SHIMA SEIKI producing garments

that push the boundaries of what knitwear is.”


For media enquiries, photos and interviews with artists: RMIT Gallery Media

Coordinator, Evelyn Tsitas, (03) 9925 1716, 0418 139 015, or

evelyn.tsitas@rmit.edu.au.

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