The Brunswick campus at RMIT is ready to exhibit new trends with the launch of its redeveloped School of Fashion design studio. The $8 million upgrade solidifies the RMIT reputation as a hub of fashion design excellence in a highly creative environment.
The newly refurbished facility has been upgraded with cutting-edge production technologies and digital equipment that will facilitate students in their transition into the fashion industry. The School of Fashion and Textiles development includes:
- An interactive lecture theatre seating 190 students
- New digital and audio facilities and equipment
- Design studios
- Specialist machine rooms
- Breakout lounges
Professor Robyn Healy from the School of Fashion and Textiles, is excited about the innovations.
“The development of new facilities on the Brunswick campus supports the positioning of RMIT Fashion and Textiles in the top 10 global fashion design institutes,” Professor Healy said.
Students gaining first-hand fashion experience
The new campus development is obviously making waves in the fashion industry. The keynote address at the opening of the new facility was given by Graeme Lewsey, CEO of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF). Lewsey, an RMIT alumnus, has remained dedicated to campus developments and is the current Chair of the Program Advisory Committee at the Brunswick campus.
“The launch of building 516 will maintain the School of Fashion and Textiles’ reputation nationally, regionally and globally as the southern hemisphere’s most equipped, invested and talent-rich hub on offer,” Lewsey said.
The RMIT link with the Melbourne Fashion Festival ensures that talented students gain first-hand experience in the fashion world. RMIT entries make a regular appearance at the festival, creating diversity of an exceptional standard. Graduates from Australian fashion institutes showcase their style every year at VAMFF, and RMIT students have consistently showcased some of the best work at the festival.
An RMIT success story
The investment in upgrades to the RMIT facility is in part due to the calibre of graduates emerging from the campus. Recent graduates Alexander Kelvy and Grace Butterworth were awarded a $20,000 Australian Fashion Foundation Scholarship along with a six-month internship at an American or European fashion house of their choosing.
Creativity is encouraged at RMIT, with the School of Fashion and Textiles receiving global acclaim for the quality of its challenging and dynamic programs.