The Global Exchange: Fashions of Indonesia.
By Stephen Chinnery
In May 2016, QUT played host to 25 of Indonesia’s best emerging and established fashion designers, giving industry and academics an opportunity to meet, mingle and share ideas in a collision of culture and colour.
Some of Indonesia’s best and brightest fashion designers traveled to QUT as part of the #fashiondiplomacy program. Split over two weeks between Brisbane and Sydney, the program is the first fashion and textiles short course in the Australia Awards, a collection of fellowships and scholarships by the Australian Government designed to give future leaders from across the globe personal development, study and research opportunities.
The No Walls team spent time with the designers at QUT, speaking with Gloria Agatha of Jii, Lenny Augustin and Novita Yunus of Batik Chic.
Gloria Agatha, the designer behind Jii, with one of her pieces (photo by QUT Creative Industries).
Agatha spoke with the No Walls team about some of the key characteristics of her label, Jii.
“[Jii is] chic, sophisticated and quirky. Australians are more laid back with plain prints whereas Indonesians dress up a lot more.”
– Gloria Agatha.
The time the Indonesian designers spent at QUT was a chance for them to share ideas with some of QUT’s fashion students (photo by QUT Creative Industries.)
Another designer, Lenny Augustin, spoke of the ten months she spent with women in Indonesia, passing on the embroidery skills she’s developed.
“My personal style always brings up my Indonesian tradition in a new and modern style, and new colours for women that are always changing.”
– Lenny Augustin