The brief, as per the folk at 1000 Heads:
Week two is all about fashion. We want your take on Sydney as a style mecca, rather than the age old cliche of cork-
hanging hats and drizabones. Basically, we're asking you to create an outﬁt that screams 'I'm all about Sydney'.
Whether it's inspired by Collette Dinnigan frick, or some particularly eye-catching Hot Tuna beachwear, mock it up
in whatever way you fancy... Hand-stitched, elegantly sketched or charity shop purchased - it's up to you!
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DIARY – TASK TWO
Having got to grips with this task far better than the previous one [I like to think I’ve got myself in to some sort of a
routine] my typically late admission [hell I’m busy], was more to do with pulling together pretty documents than
having my idea in on time. I refuse to present my idea in an any less grandeur manner than I would any other piece of
work, hence the longwinded, if rather pretty, document [again].
I quickly deduced that this task was as much about the research, insights and the mood board leading up to the ﬁnal
product, and quickly set about garnishing support from the several forward fashion thinking individuals that litter my
several social applications, with the enormity of the task somewhat relieved by the fantastic help I got from my
network, whether it was the guys over at seminal fashion magazine Super Super [cheers Jayga], or my supporters on
my Facebook group and Twitter.
There was a quiet expectation bubbling up to this task, with several grandeur ideas being thrown around, several
surrounding the creation of an outﬁt I had come up with. I even had a designer lined up and looking for material, but,
alas, time was not on my side, and, without wanting to be obscenely late, I chose a diﬀerent route to present my ideas
– namely pretty pictures, a few choice outﬁts and perhaps a descriptive line or two. My heads still been a tad mushy
I’ve got to say, possibly because I’ve been trying to juggle far too much for an ordinary human being to even attempt
to entertain – I’m most deﬁnitely ordinary and I’ve found that the juggling balls are dropping to the ﬂoor quicker than
I had hoped
I’ve got my blogging game back on and I’m now in full ﬂow attempting to reach as many people as possible, whilst
bringing people into contribute towards my involvement. I’ve attempted to begin a little Twitter movement, jumping
on the back of Elle’s #sendmetosydney tagging, whilst I’ve kicked oﬀ a Facebook group that is around 150 strong all
supportive and ever eager to help. It’s good to know I’ve got people supporting me, I’m not sure whether I’d get
through this without the support and kind words of my associates, friends and assorted member of ‘my community’...
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SYDNEY AND FASHION
I’ve been aware of Sydney inspired fashion for a while, with the huge street wear culture out there accentuating my own
level of interest in the city. Both themselves and Melbourne regularly battle it out over new trends and fashion
sophistication. Brands such as Tsubi, Mambo and Insight have emerged from down under, whilst the seminal sneaker
aﬁcionado's hand guide to trainers ‘Sneaker Freaker’ emerged from the sparks of creativity ﬂying across the vastness of the
Oz. The huge streetwear following [the largest outside of the US and Japan] has given birth to a huge amount of Australian
led initiatives and ideas, developing into the countries own independent movement that has led to stores such as Sydney’s
seminal Supply, with events and product launches often centering around the young, cool crowd that gather there.
I’ve mentioned previously the role sport plays in Sydney’s fashion - the incorporation of sport into day to day styles
something that demonstrates the huge role it plays within the Australian, and Sydney speciﬁc, culture. Mindsets often shift
to merge the cultural divide between fashion and sport [look at the perseverance of Nike in this position], yet this has
seemingly happened organically in Oz, with brands such as Billabong integrating seamlessly into Australian youth culture
due to it’s authentic links to their lifestyle, and an understanding of their mentality.
Sydney, however, is also home to a rather more high ordered end of the fashion spectrum, with the elegant whims of high
end fashion laying low many a bank balance – without the innovation of London, the ‘chic-ness’ of Paris, the hard elegance
of Milan or the energy of New York, Sydney still oﬀers what is most deﬁnitely a wonderful fashion experience, the
celebration of fantastic clothing accentuated by such beautiful surroundings, and people. High heels and an artsy presence
is behind the fantastic fashion that brings the beauty of Sydney based females to the forefront – presentation is the key. With
beauty being displayed so thoroughly through a dependence on external presence by the women that grace the Bondi
Beach [amongst other places], fashion led males are much the same, basing their look on easy going rugged beauty and a
dependence on the clothes working for them and not the other way round.
Style however, is a completely diﬀerent form of expression from that of fashion. Style is in the ability to wear the garments -
the architects which inform the way that clothing is worn and worked. Those who follow style are contrastingly diﬀerent to
those who follow fashion [think the super cool urban kid, and the uber cool Topshop girl].
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“I'd love to
of their own
British fashion brand Maharishi was originally conceived when founder, Hardy Blechman, journeyed through India.
He came across craftsman hand embroidering beautiful patterns into woven materials in several places he’s
frequented within the country, and thus Maharishi was born.
Inherently British in it’s approach to its designs, the brand takes full inspiration from British history, utilising a vivid
heritage. The focus on the beautiful things within the medley of British past, culminated in the creation of several
cultural references, signifying a deeper layer of thought within the design. Using military, hunting and particularly
colonial references, Maharishi went from strength to strength until it’s recent collapse and buy out by sportswear
giants JD Sports in early 2009. It is however still possibly one of the most fondly thought of brands amongst an ever
active market, within Britain especially.
An inherently American brand, Stussy carries with it the heritage of powerful youth culture and street culture on the
west coast – the symbolic scrawl as attractive now, as when it ﬁrst was created. Beginning as a surf brand, Stussy
soon closed the divide between the sport and what was inherently cool, allowing freedom to a host of young rebels in
a way that soon became synonymous with the brand. Skate, hipsters and Hip Hop soon followed, as Stussy built
itself into one of the truly authentic youth culture forged brands of that era, which, to this day, continues strongly,
sticking to the roots of the brands heritage.
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THE RELEVANCE AND HERITAGE
Crossing the divide between culture reference and fashion is clearly what makes the studied brands so successful –
with the relevance of these references being absolutely key. Brand building is by no means an easy feat, yet the
aforementioned brands have felt great success by sticking to this blueprint. By crafting clothing from the traditions of
their respective culture they have engaged their audience on a truer level and this, I believe, is something that will fair
me well in this task.
By linking into the Australian, speciﬁcally NSW related, culture, a brand not only speaks and relates to it’s audience,
but it also represents the background it is built from. Alike Stussy’s inherent place in American streetwear, it similarly
references an era in American youth culture that wouldn’t be captured without the deeper, subliminal messages
behind the brand and, essentially, the heritage.
I want to create a youthful movement, one that is deﬁned by an energy born from engagement with young people,
and shaped by heritage and relevance. Gone are the days of a stuﬀy Sydney, with it’s cork hanging from wide
brimmed hats, khaki shorts and archaic trends and welcome in a new phase of innovation within Sydney’s cool,
creative young movers and shakers...
The next few pages shall be image boards, aiding me in my attempt to bring an idea together in an eﬀective, succinct
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Incorporating sport, aboriginal heritage, youth cultural and a dash of Sydney I pictured an outﬁt that was
outrageous, powerful and layered. Bringing a raw tribalism to an outﬁt that has distinctive roots in Sydney whilst
standing apart from anything currently seen in Sydney fashion. Utilising colour [born from the clearly powerful tones
of the Aboriginals] mixed with the darker, ruggedness of Sydney fashion, I wanted a degree of abstractness in the
outﬁt, with the Sydney Opera House proving to be the exact attempt at geometric dissimilarity that I would wish to
cast upon an individual. An Australian presence in the outﬁt was paramount and the ﬁrst thing I regarded in my
approach to outﬁts, whilst my own eccentric fashion led taste called for something out of the ordinary – balancing the
two was a diﬃcult task to say the least.
With all of this in mind, I reached out to my various fashion sources [from Dazed & Confused to the controversial
Richard Shoyemi] voicing exactly wanted I wanted in an outﬁt and whether they could provide me with it and,
thankfully, it pulled through. The image on the next page is as close to what I wanted as possible. Both dark and
intensely toned, eccentric yet traceable, with the shape of Sydney so strongly recognizable that the outﬁt could have
been designed for this project. Tight and revealing, the outﬁt is modelled by a male, yet it could so easily be extended
to a woman – the sharp contours neither masculine nor feminine.
It’s powerful to say the least – picturing the eclectic side to Sydney that would potentially lie unseen, hidden within
the darker crevices of a city unused to such a deep prying. I wanted something that was inherently Australia – but as
far from the current perception as possible. I wanted this outﬁt to scream Sydney [it does that, if nothing else], and,
just as importantly, to be a hard insight into a powerful youth movement delving deep in the Sydney underground
scene, building oﬀ of creativity, innovation and, most of all, passion for their city.
Ok enough build up – go take a look!
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With thanks to the 1000 Heads and NSW Tourism teams for allowing me to participate in this
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