Minimalistic chic meets structural details. From sleek pleats to textured dresses, GABRIELLE BROWN’s ready to wear SS’16 Collection merges refined luxury with three dimensionality.
With numerous awards and a resume full of runway appearances, Gabrielle Brown is living up to her RMIT University fashion pedigree. Yet it’s hard to believe that it was only three years ago when she finished her Bachelor of Fashion Design with First Class Honours.
Fresh off her graduation, she debuted her graduate collection as part of the Virgin Australia Fashion Festival, selected as one of the twelve finalists for the National Graduate Showcase Runway. Her minimalistic yet aggressively bold designs was met with positive acclaim and support from the industry and straight from the hot catwalks of fashion week, her designs caught the eye of major retailer Target where she designed a collaborative womenswear collection. The collection sold out nationally. Since then, Gabrielle has launched her own ready to wear S/S ‘16 collection focusing on classic, refined silhouettes.
Hi Gabrielle! Where did your passion for fashion design come originate?
I grew up in a very creative household. My Grandma and Mum taught me how sew from a very young age. My favourite subjects in school were art and textiles. By myfinal year of high school I couldn’t picture myself in any other field. After completing VCE, I made my mind up that I wanted to study at one of top Melbourne fashion school, RMIT University. It was here that I discovered my aesthetic, developing the invaluable design skills and details that I now possess.
What does fashion mean to you?
It allows designers to impact on the world we live in by physically creating fashionable manifestations and statements of expression, of which were once mere concepts.
You debuted your graduate collection as part of VAMFF in 2014. What was that experience like?
It was very exciting to be one of twelve emerging designers Australia wide showcasing their university collections at this event. It was a surreal feeling to be part of such a wonderful initiative that supports up and coming designers. I am extremely thankful for Target and VAMFF for allowing me to be part of this festival.
You also won the Target Inaugural Graduate Design Award. What went through your mind at the time?
I couldn’t believe I was selected. I was so excited about being part of the National Graduate Showcase at VAMFF and then to find out that I had won this prestigious
award, I was ecstatic!
What was the whole experience like making your commercial fashion debut with a big retailer like Target?
I am so humbled to have been able to create a capsule collection in collaboration with Target, which launched in 40 stores across Australia. I can’t express how wonderful and supportive the Designer’s for Target team were to me. It was the best experience any emerging designer could wish for. I am extremely grateful to receive a step forward within the fashion industry. It was very exciting to see that the collection sold out!
Read the full interview in our MAY/JUN issue here