Sally opts for tartan

Pictured are Sally Edwards' creations which will go on show during the Melbourne Fashion Festival next week. The photographer is Kai Kenman.
Pictured are Sally Edwards' creations which will go on show during the Melbourne Fashion Festival next week. The photographer is Kai Kenman. Contributed

IT'S not that Sally Edwards considers herself to be a punk, but her interest in the history of that sub-culture has led to her being selected to showcase her fashion designs at the prestigious Melbourne Fashion Festival next week.

Her six garments, which will be on the catwalk for the Graduate Showcase, are made entirely of tartan.

The 20-year-old is in the final stage of her Bachelor of Fine Arts/Fashion at Brisbane's Queensland University of Technology.

She lived in Ballina for her final three years of schooling at Trinity Catholic College.

The garments being showcased in Melbourne were all made last year as part of Sally's studies.

Nine members of her cohort were invited to apply for selection for the fashion festival's Graduate Showcase.

Sally (pictured bellow) was one of 12 selected nationally for the Showcase and the only one from Queensland.

She said being able to show her fashion designs at Australia's premier show was an "amazing opportunity".

"This kind of exposure is crazy," she said.

The Showcase will be held in a 1500-capacity venue, with industry representatives looking on.

Sally's interest in tartan doesn't come from a Scottish heritage, because she doesn't have one.

"I've always really liked punk history and the esthetics of it," she said.

"I think the reason tartan is associated with the punk movement is because in the 1700s it was illegal to wear tartan in England.

"It was anarchy to wear tartan."

In her description of the garments, she wrote: "Using the tartan and its rebellious history but combining it with suits and traditional styles throughout history, I wanted to create a collection that can be worn by either men or women, setting aside gender roles and conventions, and embracing the androgyny and inadvertent sexiness of tailored clothing."

Sally's collection, named after the punk song Boys and Girls Are Choice, is a unisex winter collection.

The traditional tartans used are Culloden, Stewart (dress and navy), Thompson (hunting), Buchanan and McLeod of Lewis.

The tartan patterns on the shirts have been digitally printed.

She said the individual pieces were "wearable", but "wild".

Sally's works will go on show on March 13, while the fashion festival starts on Thursday, March 8.


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