Another year has ended and another hopeful group of fashion graduates venture into the ‘real world’, optimistic about forging their path in the fashion industry. We catch these bright young things fresh from their final year parade and find out what they have in store for the future…
Meet: Samantha Delgos, QUT
Collection Name: Stigmergic
My collection was a documentation of the theory that a trace left in an environment stimulates the performance of a later action, leading to the spontaneous emergence of
coherent, systematic activity. Like cow paths left in a park or a warm seat on a train, these traces are left thousands of times every day but go by unnoticed and unregistered in the conscious mind.
My collection served as a documentation of this stigmergic process, where hidden layers became visible.
What was your favourite part of putting together your final year collection?
Doing all the silk marbling on my fabrics, it was a time consuming process but the result was a very organic, unique, hand casted print that could never be replicated.
So you’ve finished uni… what now?
Not quite! I have 6 months to go on my business degree and then I can finally graduate!
What is your dream fashion job?
Owning my own label is the eventual goal but I’ve decided to do it sooner rather than later and will be moving to India in the two years to start up a design studio to house my own label in Delhi.
What do you think your biggest challenge will be now?
Saving the capital to start the studio!
How do you think living in Brisbane will influence your next career steps?
Brisbane has a very relaxed approach to fashion, which in the long run I think its given me a strong sense of home and where I will always want to come back to. However my next career steps are definitely going to involve cities and countries outside of Brisbane.
How do you think technology is starting to influence the fashion industry?
In nearly every arena…retail has been transformed by the online revolution, manufacturing and distribution has lead times that are cut down to one or two days and even new fabrics and fibres are being developed. I think from a design perspective, fabric and print development is a key area for innovation for many labels looking to come from a different angle.
Where is your favourite place in Brisbane to eat/drink/shop?
Tipplers Bar to drink!