UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY, Australia

TESS TAVENER HANKS

FLUIDITY A/W/18

Created as a provocation and a call to arms to address the notion of material value within the fashion system, Fluidity A/W/ 2018 seeks to redefine synthetic materials in contemporary culture and re-see the possibilities of plastic. The collection moulds the silhouette and surface to generate a new state of material movement.

Unconventional, and ‘valueless’ materials have been used to bring a new perspective to what we use. Noble fibres such as wool and silk have been coated with silicone, thereby challenging our perception of ‘material’ value. Sponsored by Australian Wool Education Trust, the collection is made entirely from wool, as it undertakes an exploration into how wool’s natural properties can be used as a tool for innovation and as a foundation for clothing fabrication. Hand- dyed woollen fabrics are used to blur and break down the visual material stereotypes associated with wool.